A friend was talking to me about reactance. I didn’t quite understand what she was talking to me about and it takes a couple of days for things to sink in fully and become relatable to me. So it has been sitting in the back of my mind for a few days now. According to one of the articles she posted reactance happens when something is perceived as being a threat to the persons freedom. When that happens the person tries by whatever means to restore that freedom. I think of a diet when I try to understand reactance . I diet to help lose weight, health reasons, self control. But it seems that whenever i try to diet it seems that it is a taking away my freedom to have what I want. So what do I do, I eat more. Thereby restoring my freedom to eat whatever I want but defeating my original purposes of going on the diet. He also mentioned that the person experiencing reactance can be irrational. LOL Not everyone experiences reactance. Again reactance happens when ones perceives their “freedom” is threatened. Most peoples buttons don’t get pushed in a way that reactance happens.
I will continue with how this applies to me.