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

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?." The Social Self Cognitive, Interpersonal, and Intergroup Perspectives (2014): 143-159. 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

Toner, K, Leary, MR, Asher, MW, and Jongman-Sereno, KP. "Feeling superior is a bipartisan issue: extremity (not direction) of political views predicts perceived belief superiority." Psychol Sci 24.12 (December 2013): 2454-2462. Full Text

Terry, ML, Leary, MR, Mehta, S, and Henderson, K. "Self-compassionate reactions to health threats." Pers Soc Psychol Bull 39.7 (July 2013): 911-926. Full Text

Leary, MR. "To what extent is self-esteem influenced by interpersonal as compared with intra personal processes? What are these processes?." Self-Esteem Issues and Answers: A Sourcebook of Current Perspectives (2013): 195-200. 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