Mark R. Leary

Mark R. Leary

Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida 1980

  • M.A., University of Florida 1978

  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College 1976


Social motivation and emotion, self-reflection, self-relevant thought, self-compassion

Leary, MR. "Emotional responses to interpersonal rejection." Dialogues in clinical neuroscience 17.4 (December 2015): 435-441. (Review)

Leary, MR, Diebels, KJ, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Fernandez, XD. "Why Seemingly Trivial Events Sometimes Evoke Strong Emotional Reactions: The Role of Social Exchange Rule Violations." The Journal of social psychology 155.6 (November 2015): 559-575. Full Text

Leary, MR, Raimi, KT, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Diebels, KJ. "Distinguishing Intrapsychic From Interpersonal Motives in Psychological Theory and Research." Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science 10.4 (July 2015): 497-517. (Review) Full Text

Raimi, KT, and Leary, MR. "Belief superiority in the environmental domain: Attitude extremity and reactions to fracking." Journal of Environmental Psychology 40 (December 2014): 76-85. Full Text

Vanhalst, J, and Leary, MR. "Sociotropic differentiation: Differential anticipatory reactions to rejection by close versus distal others predict well-being." Personality and Individual Differences 68 (October 2014): 176-182. Full Text

Allen, AB, and Leary, MR. "Self-compassionate responses to aging." The Gerontologist 54.2 (April 2014): 190-200. Full Text

Brion, JM, Leary, MR, and Drabkin, AS. "Self-compassion and reactions to serious illness: the case of HIV." Journal of health psychology 19.2 (February 2014): 218-229. Full Text

Leary, M. "The Interpersonal Basis of Self-Esteem: Death, Devaluation, or Deference?." 9781315800516 (January 1, 2014): 143-159. (Chapter) Full Text

Leary, MR, and Jongman-Sereno, KP. "When Rejection Kills: The Central Role of Low Relational Value in School Violence." International Journal of Developmental Sciences 8.1-2 (January 1, 2014): 25-27. Full Text

Keng, S-L, Robins, CJ, Smoski, MJ, Dagenbach, J, and Leary, MR. "Reappraisal and mindfulness: a comparison of subjective effects and cognitive costs." Behav Res Ther 51.12 (December 2013): 899-904. Full Text


Leary, MR, and Guadagno, J. "The Role of Hypo-egoic Self-Processes in Optimal Functioning and Subjective Well-Being." Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward. May 1, 2011. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Allen, AB. "Belonging motivation establishing, maintaining, and repairing relational value." Social Motivation. January 1, 2011. 37-55. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Leder, S. "The nature of hurt feelings: Emotional experience and cognitive appraisals." Feeling Hurt in Close Relationships. January 1, 2009. 15-33. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Toner, K. "Psychological theories of blushing." The Psychological Significance of the Blush. January 1, 2009. 63-76. Full Text

Leary, MR. "The Self We Know and the Self We Show: Self-esteem, Self-presentation, and the Maintenance of Interpersonal Relationships." Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes. December 13, 2007. 457-477. Full Text