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Brehm summarised his Theory of Psychological Reactance by saying "In general, the theory holds that a threat to or loss of a freedom motivates the individual to restore that freedom. ... The theory stipulates what constitutes a freedom, how freedoms can be threatened or eliminated, and how the ensuing motivational state (psychological reactance) will manifest itself."
The theory also associates the state of reactance with emotional stress,
anxiety, resistance and struggle for the individual, and is a powerful
model for understanding the behaviour of slaves as their freedoms are
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