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Social Allergies

  • By: Michael R. Cunningham
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

A social allergy is an individual's tendency to experience a disproportionately intense emotional reaction in response to a social allergen. A social allergen is a behavior or situation that seems unpleasant or uncivil to onlookers, but may not warrant as intense ...

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