Interestingly, metals and non-metals are fierce opposites.
While metals look to lose electrons, non-metals look to gain electrons.
More reactive metals are those that can even lose electrons to positively charged ions of other less reactive METALS, so to get this right, it means that…
metals like to reduce other substances, but reactive metals reduce even other metals…..
KEY AIM of any metal is to lose electrons to reach octet electronic configuration: they will become ions because of the loss of electrons.
Any metal ion would like to stay the way they are…
But they cannot help it if a more powerful reducing substance than its original self pops around and reduces them by giving them electrons.
this reducing substance typically is a reactive metal that itself is happy because it now becomes an ION, and it of courses forces the guy it reduced to become a poor old metal atom which isn’t happy that it isn’t an ion……
That said, the reason why a lot of chemical reactions happen because very few atoms are PERMANENTLY happy and have obtained their ion status FOREVER. In most cases, reactions happen because an ion is too weak to hold on to its status and becomes its original self, in which case the original self goes ton to react with others, and becomes an ion, only to react with something else to lose its ion status….
For non-metals though, their mentality is to obtain electrons, but more reactive non-metals apparently take electrons even from other non-metals.
Reactivity thus is a weird thing as it means two opposite things for metals and non-metals!