The desire to achieve acceptance and to avoid rejection is widely acknowledged to be a central human motive (Homey, 1937; Maslow, 1987; McClelland, 1987; Rogers, 1959; Sullivan, 1937; see Baumeister & Leary, 1995, for a review). Consistent with this claim, social rejection is known to diminish well-being and disrupt interpersonal functioning. However, people differ in their readiness to perceive and react to rejection. Some people interpret undesirable interpersonal
events benignly and maintain equanimity in their wake. Others readily perceive intentional rejection in the minor or imagined insensitivity of their significant others and overreact in ways that compromise their relationships and well-being. We have proposed that the latter people's readiness to perceive and overreact
to rejection is facilitated by a tendency to anxiously expect rejection by the significant people in their lives. Authors applied the term rejection sensitive to people who anxiously expect, readily perceive, and overreact to rejection. The RSQ/RS - Personal measures individual differences in RS.