Just you and I: The role of social exclusion in the formation of interpersonal relationships

Wyer, Natalie A and Schenke, Kimberley C (2016) Just you and I: The role of social exclusion in the formation of interpersonal relationships. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 65. pp. 20-25. ISSN 0022-1031

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Abstract

Social exclusion, or ostracism, has been investigated primarily for its (typically negative) consequences for those subjected to it. Although the negative effects of exclusion on its recipients are undisputed, we suggest that it may have unrecognized benefits for those who perpetuate it. The present research investigated the possibility that social exclusion acts as a signal to others – either within or outside of an exclusive interaction – that a selected relationship is particularly cohesive. Participants interacted in triads in which one individual was or was not singled out for exclusion. Perpetrators of exclusion were perceived (by themselves and by the excluded person) as closer and more similar to each other, and were more likely to be subject to source memory confusions. These findings suggest that social exclusion has not only harmful consequences for its targets, but may have relational benefits for those who enact it.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social exclusion; personal relationships
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Psychological Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Kim Schenke
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 11:24
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4161

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