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We present a first principles approach for decomposing molecular linear response properties into orthogonal (additive) plus non-orthogonal/cooperative contributions. This approach enables one to 1) identify the contributions of molecular building blocks like functional groups or monomer units to a given response property and 2) quantify cooperativity between these contributions. In analogy to the self consistent field method for molecular interactions, SCF(MI), we term our approach LR(MI). The theory, implementation and pilot data are described in detail in the manuscript and supporting information.