March27 - The case of Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan...

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Aggression March 27, 2009
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Review Introduction to aggression Forms aggression can take Direct Physical Verbal Indirect Third party communications Passive-aggression
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Definition Aggression is “any behavior intended to harm another person that the target person wants to avoid.” The intended harm may be physical, psychological, or social. Questions: What motivates people to aggress against others? Next we will consider three theories of
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Frustration - Aggression Basic idea is that blocked goals produce frustration, and that aggression becomes a way to remove whatever is standing in the way. Aggression in these cases tends to be planned.
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Unformatted text preview: The case of Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Nancy Kerrigan on the podium Nancy Kerrigan after the assault Aversive emotional arousal Has to do more with situation than with goals Road rage, hockey dads Sudden loss of self-control Aggression is not planned in advance Motive underlying aggression in these cases is to reduce aversive emotional arousal Make the feeling go away, at whatever cost Road Rage Social Learning & Conditioning Aggression is learned through social modeling and reinforcement Research Spousal abuse Violent television Aggressive Pornography...
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