Journal article

Social Rejection, Control, Numbness, and Emotion How Not To Be Fooled by Gerber and Wheeler (2009)

Roy F Baumeister, C Nathan DeWall, Kathleen D Vohs

PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Emotional numbness remains an empirically supported and theoretically intriguing pattern of response to social exclusion that warrants further research, and it would be a loss to the field if such research were prematurely terminated or hampered by the unwarranted conclusions from misleading meta-analyses. The meta-analyses by Gerber and Wheeler (2009, this issue) are based on a biased sample that omits much relevant work. Worse, the authors misinterpret what evidence they do assemble, even interpreting strong evidence for numbness as if it contradicted numbness. Their conclusions about control are similarly unfounded and misguided.