What is Social Rejection

Across the globe, social exclusion is a widespread and effective form of punishment. Many adults punish their children by using ‘time out’ where children are left alone for some time.

Rejection by peers is one of the most painful childhood experiences and can lead to loneliness even in young children.


by Elia Strange

Adults also use social rejection to influence and change others’ behaviour, with varying degrees of intensity. One way to get an intimate partner to do something or stop doing something is to use the ‘silent treatment’.

A more extreme example is the practice of ‘silencing’ that has been used in some military academies. A cadet who violates a serious rule may be sentenced to months of silencing – being forced to live and eat alone with all conversation prohibited.

What is Ostracism?

Ostracism – the experience of being ignored or rejected; it is stressful and debilitating.

There is a possibility that a person who has been ignored, may experience less control over anger and aggressiveness.

There is also a suggestion that school shootings, in which students attack and even murder other students and teachers, may be linked to their prior experiences of bullying and ostracism.



- Loneliness reflects our human need for social relationships, a need that all people share.

- Rejection by peers is one of the most painful childhood experiences and can lead to loneliness even in young children.

- The experience of being ignored or rejected is called ‘ostracism’.- People who have been rejected by others, may develop high levels of anger (and in some cases violence) in the future.

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