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opposition to suggestion or advice; an attitude or behavior opposite to that appropriate to a specific situation. A tendency to do the opposite of what most people would do under similar circumstances, of what one is told to do, or of what physiologic needs would suggest; e.g., it is not uncommon in catatonic schizophrenia for the patient to feel compelled to lower his arms if asked to raise them or to clench his fists if asked to open his hands.
A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to resist stubbornly for no apparent reason; seen in catatonic states and in toddlers.
negativism/neg·a·tiv·ism/ (neg´ah-tĭ-vizm″) opposition to suggestion or advice; behavior opposite to that appropriate to a specific situation or against the wishes of others, including direct resistance to efforts to be moved.
1. The practice or habit of being skeptical, critical, or pessimistic, especially toward the views or suggestions of others.
2. Behavior characterized by persistent refusal, without apparent or logical reasons, to act on or carry out suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.
Etymology: L, negare, to deny
a behavioral attitude characterized by opposition, resistance, the refusal to cooperate with even the most reasonable request, and the tendency to act in a contrary manner. The resulting response may be passive, such as the immobile, rigid postures observed in catatonic schizophrenia, or active, such as in a belligerent, impulsive, or capricious act like lowering the arms when asked to raise them or sitting down when asked to stand.
Covert or overt opposition or resistance to external influence, suggestions or advice/
Any expression of rebellion or disagreement with a perceived status quo.
1. A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to stubbornly resist for no apparent reason; seen in catatonic states and in toddlers.
Behavior characterized by resistance, opposition, and refusal to cooperate with requests, even the most reasonable ones.
Mentioned in: Catatonia