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I just heard that when you criticize something objectively and even when other people agree that it is true, the people that heard your criticism may actually associate this negativity with YOU. What is this phenomenon called?

For example, if you comment on a metropolitan city, people tend to be impersonal, I heard people hearing your comment actually may associate "impersonal" with you. That actually is opposite to what might be expected, because if I mention people are impersonal, it should imply that I hope for the situation to be more personable, which mean I am not impersonal. So this is a big surprise if it is in fact true.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. "I heard people hearing your comment actually may associate "impersonal" with you." You heard from where? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Nov 16 at 11:24
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: Sounds like Mum effect: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ – Quora Feans Nov 16 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers it was from a YouTube video talking about interpersonal characteristics. It mentioned about this but didn't go too deeply into in. $\endgroup$ – nopole Nov 17 at 6:12
  • $\begingroup$ @nopole please include a link to the YouTube video, and state who it is that authored it. $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Nov 18 at 17:41

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