Reactance – A to Z Challenge, Literary Terms

RWe return to psychology with the word reactance. As opposed to electronics, or magnetics.

Reactance is an emotional reaction to offers, persons, rules, or regulations that threaten specific behavioral freedoms. This occurs when someone feels their choices are being taken away or find the range of alternatives limiting.

It can be seen as a resistance to authority figures, that an authority is creating rules of conduct on how to behave will cause a person to react against the authority figure. This can cause a fear in someone’s mind they are losing something, and may well fight to keep it.

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