6_Anger - Outline Catharsis theory Why does catharsis...

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Outline Catharsis theory Why does catharsis theory survive? Does venting work if people believe in it? Meta-analysis Effective ways to reduce anger
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Catharsis Theory Dates back to Aristotle. Term comes from the Greek katharsis , which means to cleanse or purge. According to catharsis theory, acting aggressively or even viewing aggression purges angry feelings and aggressive impulses into harmless channels.
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Hydraulic Model Frustrations lead to anger, and anger builds up inside a person, like steam inside a pressure cooker, until it is vented. If anger isn’t vented, the person will eventually “explode” in an aggressive rage.
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Moratorium on Catharsis Theory In 1973 , Albert Bandura said that catharsis theory was false and that venting in therapy should be banned because it may “reinforce aggressive tendencies.”
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Why Does Catharsis Theory Survive? Professional psychologists Pop psychologists Mass media
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Anderson & Bushman (2002) Annual Review of Psychology
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