The present research investigated whether physical suffering would cause people to feel ostracized even when they are accepted by their social interaction partners. Participants were instructed to place their hands either into a circulated cold water bath (to induce physical pain) or into a water bath at room temperature while they were either included or ostracized during an online ball tossing game—Cyberball. We found that physical pain led people to experience social pain, while they are socially accepted during a social interaction. Our findings suggest that people with physical suffering may need extra attention in social interactions to satisfy their threatened social needs. Copyright © 2015 Taylor & Francis.
CitationChen, Z., Poon, K.-T., & DeWall, C. N. (2015). When do socially accepted people feel ostracized? Physical pain triggers social pain. Social Influence, 10(1), 68-76. doi: 10.1080/15534510.2014.926290.
- Physical pain
- Social pain