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Persistent behavior opposite from that which is expected or requested, without any apparent reason.

Example: The patient is found with her eyes closed. When asked to open her eyes, she closes them tighter. Each request provokes further opposition.

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Negativism. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/negativism/