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The Social Death Penalty: Why Being Ostracized Hurts Even More Than Bullying | Alternet

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We’re talking about ostracism, a form of social rejection that goes by many names and comes in many flavors. Some call it the “social death penalty.” It’s the feeling of being a pariah, of being shunned, ignored by the group, or given the silent treatment. It can mean anything from physical exile to subtle forms of psychological isolation. Whatever you call it, ostracism is a ghastly form of hurt.You might think bullying is worse than ostracism, but recent research suggests that being frozen out is actually more painful.

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