Concept of Aggression & Aversive Incidents That Influence Aggression

Define and explain the concept of aggression. What are the aversive incidents that influence aggression? Discuss. What is Aggression? ž  Textbook defines it as ‘behaviour that is intended to harm another individual’ ž  HOWEVER, there are numerous examples of behaviours that exhibit aggression: murdering for money, verbally and physically assaulting someone, accidentally injuring someone, working persistently to sell a product, and many, many more ž  Almost every definition that psychologists have tried to come up with for ‘aggression’ can contradict a perfect example of something that is aggressive. Important words to know… ž  Violence – extreme acts of aggression ž  Anger – strong feelings of displeasure in response to a perceived injury ž  Hostility – a negative, antagonistic attitude toward another person or group ž  Instrumental Aggression – inflicting harm, in order to obtain something of value (i.e. hiring a hit man) ž  Emotional Aggression – inflicting harm for its […]

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