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Bosses handle rejection better than everyone else – New study

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When rejected instead of accepted, subordinates reported lower self-esteem and greater negative emotion, but supervisors did not show an adverse reaction to rejection,

Research shows that people who are in a position of power at work and home handle rejection better than everyone else.

Powerful people appear to be better at dealing with the slings and arrows of social life, they’re more buffered from the negative feelings that rejection typically elicits,” says lead author of the study, Maya Kuehn, a doctoral student in psychology at University of California, Berkeley.

The study also finds that people in authority positions will seek out social bonding opportunities even if they’ve been rebuffed.

In the researchers’ first experiment, they studied the reactions of rejection in the workplace on persons in a position of authority versus their subordinates. (Read details about the experiment here.) 

When rejected instead of accepted, subordinates reported lower self-esteem and greater negative emotion, but supervisors did not show an adverse reaction to rejection,” Kuehn says.

In the second experiment, researchers tested rejection in romantic relationships. (Read details about the experiment here.) 

The study found that the partners who perceived themselves as less powerful were less positive, and the more dominant partners acted more upbeat and worked harder.

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