REJECTION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 Withholding of love, affection, or approval. A discriminatory outlook for a specific group of people. REJECTION: "Rejection can severely affect an individual's self-esteem." Related Psychology Terms PREJUDICE UTILITARIAN FUNCTION OF AN ATTITUDE PLURALISTIC IGNORANCE PRIDE REFERENCE-GROUP THEORY PERSPECTIVE THURSTONE ATTITUDE SCALES UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD CRYSTALLIZATION NEUROTIC NEEDS Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "REJECTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/rejection/ (accessed June 28, 2017).