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re·ac·tance (X),

The weakening of an alternating electric current by passage through a coil of wire or a condenser.


(X) (rē-ak'tăns)
1. The weakening of an alternating electric current by passage through a coil of wire or a condenser.
2. In psychology, emotional response to pressure in which someone acts against rules and regulations that restrict particular behaviors.
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Instead, the purpose of most paradoxical interventions is to bypass the resistance and reactance rather than address it directly.
Responses to Uncontrollable Outcomes: An Integration of the Reactance Theory and the Learned Helplessness Model.
It was hypothesized that perceived loss of freedom through tax obligations would result in reactance, that is, attitudes accepting tax evasion, lower morality and higher tendencies to avoid taxes.
1992 "Persuasion, reactance, and judgments of interpersonal appeal.
Reactance is a psychological state elicited by perceived threats to an individual's personal freedom (Brehm & Brehm, 1981).
The damping torque provided by the proposed design depends on the system loading conditions and line reactance.
My findings in the study support the idea that the reactance and reinforcement theories are valid in explaining voters' information processing and the political decision-making process.
Such assessment provides possibility in each case to take into account (or ignore) the mass reactance forces effect onto fluctuations in the fluid of the given material object.
Health locus of control, psychological reactance and patients' subjective responses and attitudes towards their psychiatric drug treatment were introduced in the analyses.
This may even lead to a psychological reactance response--a negative reaction toward persuasion attempts (Brehm and Brehm 1981).
Psychological reactance (PR) is the reaction (of irritation or disgust) that appears as a response to the perception of loss of freedom, and depends on the importance of the behaviour threatened and on age (Brehm, 1989; Brehm & Brehm, 1981).