X = Reactance

X: 1. The symbol for reactance. 2. denoting any unknown, unspecified, or variable factor, number, person, or thing

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reactance is an emotional reaction in direct contradiction to rules or regulations that threaten or eliminate specific behavioral freedoms.

Reactance can occur when someone is heavily pressured to accept a certain view or attitude. Reactance can cause the person to adopt or strengthen a view or attitude that is contrary to what was intended, and also increases resistance to persuasion. People using reverse psychology are playing on at least an informal awareness of reactance, attempting to influence someone to choose the opposite of what they request.

I've been resisting my entire life.

Psychological Reactance: an aversive affective reaction in response to regulations or impositions that impinge on freedom and autonomy.

I've had this attitude my entire life.  It's cool to name it and to know others feel the same.


"You can't always get what you want . . .
But if you try sometimes
You just might find
You get what you need." The Rolling Stones

“What is happiness? The feeling that power increases - that resistance is being overcome.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.” Napoleon Hill

“As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them.” Orhan Pamuk, Snow


Synonyms: battle, blocking, check, combat, contention, counteraction, cover, defiance, detention, fight, friction, halting, hindrance, holding, impedance, impediment, impeding, intransigence, obstruction, parrying, protecting, protection, rebuff, refusal, retardation, safeguard, screen, shield, stand, striking back, struggle, support, warding off, watch, withstanding