Psychological Reactance and Communication (Non-CHLP)

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November 20, 2018
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10:00 - 11:00 am PST / 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST


Psychological reactance is a negative reaction triggered by a perception that something or someone is impinging on an individual's freedom and autonomy. Psychological reactance can impede efforts to improve health and safety on a wide variety of issues including traffic safety ("don't tell me to wear a seat belt"), prevention ("don't tell me how to raise my children"), and violence ("don't take my guns if I have been violent"). During this session, we will introduce the concept and ways to quiet the negative response.