The Rejection Lab

What can researching human responses to rejection tell us about ourselves?

Alison Kinney
Sep 4, 2019 · 15 min read
Illustration by Kyle Griggs

OOne spring day on Long Island, I perused hundreds of photos of single, dateable men on a computer. One man had a thick, black mane — he was a stylist in Manhattan’s Koreatown — and was hugging a smiley pug. Did I like him? Awww: I clicked Very Likely Yes. One man was a banker: Definitely No: sorry, bankers…