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2. Psychological Reactance

When a person feels that their choices or freedoms are being limited, they often react with unpleasant motivational arousal. This is psychological reactance, and it leads the person to make choices from what they believe to be their few remaining options. When psychological reactance is deployed in reverse psychology, the tester obscures the subject’s desired outcome, forcing them to choose what could be the opposite of that desire.

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