What is VALENCE?

Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff 

noun. 1. with regard to the field theory of Kurt Lewin, the subjective worth of an occurrence, item, individual or other being in the life space of the person. An entity which draws the person nearer has positive valence, while one which repels the target has negative valence. 2. With regard to particular theories of motivation, the expected gratification of reaching a specific objective or result.

VALENCE: "The positive valence represented in fictional accounts of poltergeists is not thought to be accurate by specialists in the parapsychology field."

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