When Hurt Continues: Taking Conflict Personally Leads to Rumination, Residual Hurt and Negative Motivations Toward Someone Who Hurt Us

Courtney Waite Miller, Michael Elwood Roloff

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Abstract

Individuals sometimes are hurt by the comments of others, and residual feelings of hurt are experienced after the episode. Because of individuals' tendency to ruminate, we argue that residual hurt and its consequences may be especially common among individuals who tend to take conflict personally (TCP). We hypothesized that TCP would be positively related to motivations to avoid and to seek revenge against offenders, and these relationships will be mediated by the link between rumination and residual hurt. To test our hypotheses, we conducted a survey among undergraduates about how they reacted to a hurtful message. We confirmed our hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-213
Number of pages21
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Avoidance
  • Hurtful Messages
  • Revenge
  • Rumination
  • Taking Conflict Personally

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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