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Does receiving favours and freebies make you uncomfortable? Maybe you have "reciprocity anxiety"

26 July 2018

Have you ever accepted a complimentary glass of wine in an expensive shop and felt guilty about not buying anything afterwards?

According to a team of researchers led by Xiling Xiong at Zhejiang University in China, you may have been suffering from an acute bout of reciprocation anxiety.

In their new paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology, Xiong and his colleagues propose that this is not just a state, but a trait – a specific kind of social anxiety – that some of us are more prone to than others, and what’s more, they’ve created a new questionnaire to measure it.

Read more about this reaserch on our Research Digest blog



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