Understanding psychological reactance: New developments and findings

Christina Steindl, Eva Jonas, Sandra Sittenthaler, Eva Traut-Mattausch, Jeff L Greenberg

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Abstract

Since Brehm first proposed reactance theory in 1966, many studies have explored the remarkable psychological phenomenon of reactance, which Miron and Brehm reviewed in 2006. We present an overview of research that has been done since then. A variety of studies have provided interesting new insights into the theory, adding to what is known about the phenomenon of reactance and the processes activated when people are confronted with threats to their freedom. Nevertheless, many issues that have not been clarified remain to be examined. We therefore close with proposing some suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-214
Number of pages10
JournalZeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology
Volume223
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • (vicarious) reactance
  • Culture
  • Dual process
  • Motivation
  • Persuasion

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Understanding psychological reactance : New developments and findings. / Steindl, Christina; Jonas, Eva; Sittenthaler, Sandra; Traut-Mattausch, Eva; Greenberg, Jeff L.

In: Zeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology, Vol. 223, No. 4, 2015, p. 205-214.

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Steindl, Christina ; Jonas, Eva ; Sittenthaler, Sandra ; Traut-Mattausch, Eva ; Greenberg, Jeff L. / Understanding psychological reactance : New developments and findings. In: Zeitschrift fur Psychologie / Journal of Psychology. 2015 ; Vol. 223, No. 4. pp. 205-214.
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