Recreational Contrarians: Who Are They and Why Do They Exist?

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Recreational contrarianism is the behaviour of adopting a controversial political position as a source of enjoyment. Similar to a provocateur, a recreational contrarian likes to provoke others, but does so specifically in matters of debate, in order to attain the high that comes with eliciting shock, outrage, and attention. Being able to influence such a strong reaction offers a tempting taste of power.

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Originally published at on October 22, 2018.

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