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Definition of Expressive behaviors

Expressive behaviors Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Significant Concepts in Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory
Refer in the sociocultural systems model to beliefs and behaviors of individuals that express or reflect their internal psychological states. For example, why do some people prefer simplicity in art whereas others prefer more complex art? Or, why do some believe God is harsh and punitive whereas others believe God is warm and loving--and others do not believe in God at all? These and many other expressive beliefs, preferences, and behaviors tend worldwide to be reliably associated with childhood experiences of parental acceptance-rejection. (See sociocultural systems subtheory; universals in human behavior
Contributed by the RONALD AND NANCY ROHNER CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF PARENTAL ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION