Reactance bias

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Cognitive bias.

Reactance bias is an unconscious social bias.

Its source is a desire to retain personal agency.

Reactance bias leads to resisting changes which appear to limit personal agency.


"In some circumstances, people do the opposite of what we want them to do out of a desire to retain their personal agency, or to resist constraints on their freedom.
For example, objecting to a policy constraining the capacity of a manager/leader to appoint the staff they want in the way they want."
The Treasurer magazine, December 2018 / January 2019, p41 - Dr Pete Jones, Chartered Psychologist.

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