While both present TPs and the future time orientation were nonsignificant predictors of RS, the past orientations were significant in the hypothesized directions; PPTP was related to lower levels of rejection sensitivity ([beta] = -.20, p = .004) while PNTP was marginally related to increased rejection sensitivity ([beta] = .13, p = .079).
We hypothesized that, just as in Study 1, PNTP should positively predict one's RS while PPTP should negatively predict it.
Supporting our hypothesis, however, higher PPTP was related to lower levels of RS ([beta] = -.293) while higher PNTP was related to increased RS ([beta] = .490).
In Study 1, even after accounting for demographic variables and personality traits known to predict RS (e.g., extroversion and emotional stability), we still found that higher PPTP predicted less RS while higher PNTP predicted the opposite.
For example, they assert that by reconstructing negative past events in a positive light, one can eventually change his or her past negative perspective to a past positive one; an adult with a PNTP may recall that "my father was never there for me," a global attribution.
Supporting our predictions, while higher PNTP ([beta] = .197, p = .005) and lower PPTP ([beta] = -.201, p = .004) both predict greater RS, the other three TPs fail to predict.