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Inappropriate Affect

An emotional expression disharmonious in quality or intensity with the person, event, or idea that provoked it.

Example: A woman smiles sweetly and appears unperturbed as she describes how she was abducted and raped.

Inappropriate Affect
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Inappropriate Affect. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2020, from