Sociotropy is a personality trait characterized by excessive investment in interpersonal relationships. People with sociotropy tend to have a strong need for social acceptance, which causes them to be overly nurturant towards people who they do not have close relationships with. Sociotropy can be seen as the opposite of autonomy, because those with sociotropy are overly concerned with interpersonal relationships, whereas those with autonomy are overly concerned with independence and do not care so much for others. Sociotropy has been correlated with feminine sex-role orientation.
Sociotropic individuals react differently when faced with situations that involve self-control. Sociotropic individuals consume more food or try to match peer's eating when they believe doing so will make the peer more comfortable.
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