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The Social Outcast: Ostracism, Social Exclusion, Rejection, and Bullying
This book focuses on the ubiquitous and powerful effects of ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and bullying. Human beings are an intrinsically gregarious species. Most of our evolutionary success is no doubt due to our highly developed ability to cooperate and interact with each other. It is thus not surprising that instances of interpersonal rejection and social excl ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published June 17th 2005 by Psychology Press (UK)
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This book was informative and gave me some perspective as to what the person doing the shunning hopes to achieve. Having been on the receiving end of what fondly call the family Fatwah, for many years with no explanation, it is comforting to know that it is an actual psychological tool for bullying. Consider me bullied. There is no way to get back. This book has helped me to realize just how powerful a bully can be, especially when it is family. As I go back in the family genealogy I find more r ...more
I thought this was a really interesting and informative book about the impact of rejection and exclusion on individuals and society. It was very thorough in explaining the various behavioral issues that arise in response to ostracism, rejection, bullying, and exclusion, and I was very interested in its discussion of how gender and culture can sometimes inform one's actions and behavior in face of a potentially traumatizing experience. Additionally, I think people outside the field of psychology ...more
An informative book by Williams who has done lots of research on the nature of ostracism, rejection, and related behaviors that may seem not too significant but actually have an enormously harmful impact on others. I read this book a few years ago and am now simply re-reading a small part of it.