Understanding the psychological effects of ostracism

    Kids do it in the sandbox, teens in high school, adults in the office. People exclude others, give them the silent treatment, ostracize them. While we all engage in it at some point in our lives, being ostracized can have a big impact on people’s mental health.

    In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss what psychologists are learning about ostracism.

    On Voices in the Family today at noon, Dr. Dan Gottlieb speaks with leading researchers on the subject Kipling Williams and Steve Nida. They’ve published Ostracism: Consequences and Coping.Williams is a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University. He’s the author of Ostracism: the Power of Silence. Nida, a professor of psychology, is Associate Provost and Dean at The Citadel Graduate College.

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