1st Edition

Freedom and Reactance

By Robert A. Wicklund Copyright 1974
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Brehm’s theory of psychological reactance in 1966 marked the beginning of a psychological investigation into the consequences of losing freedom. The concept “freedom” had been touched upon intermittently by disciplines such as political science and philosophy, and even on occasion by psychology, but Brehm’s treatment had been the first analysis of freedom to spark experimental investigations into the variety of reactions to infringements on freedom. Originally published in 1974, Freedom and Reactance was written to capture the many directions taken by the theory since 1966, and to integrate reactance theory with theoretical ideas that applied to some of the same phenomena. Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    Preface.  1. Introduction to Reactance Theory and an Outline of Topics  2. Introduction to Social Influence  3. Strength of Threat to Freedom and Social Influence  4. Freedom and Social Influence  5. Importance of Freedom and Social Influence  6. Proportion of Freedom Threatened and Social Influence  7. Implication for Future Threat and Social Influence  8. Restoration of Freedom by Direct Social Intervention and by Social Comparison  9. Two Special Theoretical Issues Examined in the Context of Social Influence  10. Introduction to Barriers  11. Barrier Strength  12. Freedom and Barriers  13. Importance of Freedom and Barriers  14. Proportion of Freedom Threatened by Barriers  15. A Special Issues: The Difference Between Reactance and Frustration  16. Self-Imposed Threats to Freedom  17. Additional Meanings of Freedom and Questions for Reactance Theory.  References.  Author Index.  Subject Index.


    Robert A. Wicklund (1941-2020), at University of Texas at Austin, USA at time of original publication.