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Silent Rage: When Being Ostracized Leads to Aggression: Lisa Zadro

This chapter examines the possible psychological (i.e., primary need threat), contextual (i.e., relationship type and status), and emotional (i.e., negative affect and feelings of anger) factors that may motivate targets to enact punitive and vengeful behaviors as a consequence of being excluded and ignored. Factors that potentially moderate the consequences of exclusion are discussed in terms of whether they

ameliorate or exacerbate aggressive reactions. Finally, the chapter introduces new experimental research using anovel ostracism paradigm, “O-Cam,” asimulated Web conference that speci–cally investigates the forms of vengeance that targets of ostracism are willing to impose on sources.