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Aversion , aversion or rejection ( Latin aversatio , aversion, from aversio , disgust ) denotes the tendency to react to certain stimuli with reluctance. An aversion can exist towards any kind of stimulus or object, for example towards certain people, actions, things (food) or situations and memories.

An aversion is usually connected with the drive to turn away. However, while aversion is an unconscious emotion , antipathy , resentment and prejudice are more the expression of socio-psychological feelings. The term aversion was borrowed from the French aversion into German in the 17th century , which itself comes from the Latin aversio "Abneigung" (literally: "turning away").


The stimuli themselves can also be described as aversive ; for example, pain will be an aversive stimulus. Aversive stimuli trigger an avoidance reaction and are avoided as far as possible. Aversions are usually either unpleasant or hurtful experiences or a learned connection ( conditioning ) of perceptions with the unpleasant feeling.

Another example of aversion are smells that cause nausea . A special form of aversion to odors or food in connection with symptoms that cause nausea despite other causes is called taste aversion .

The aversion therapy following this conditioning approach in the compound of a harmful behavior with an unpleasant stimulus, for example, aggressive minimize behavior or to help addicts.

Animosity is a synonymous term that describes a hostile to aggressive aversion to someone or something.


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  • Stefanie Diekmann, Gabriele Brandstetter, Christopher Wild (eds.): Theaterfeindlichkeit , Fink, Paderborn 2012, ISBN 978-3-7705-5158-3 ( table of contents ).

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