Aggression

Aggression - Aggression Any form of intentional behavior...

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Aggression Any form of intentional behavior aimed at doing harm to another person (who is motivated to avoid such treatment) Key: o Behavior (not angry feelings) o Intentional (not accidental harm) o Aimed at another person o Victim wants to avoid harm Aggression is NOT just violence Types of Aggression Hostile- the harm inflicted is an end in itself; driven by anger o Punching someone in a fight Instrumental- harm inflicted is a means to some other end o Football Gender differences Males are more violent than females in virtually every culture ever studied o Men commit vast majority of murders Boys play more aggressive games Men tend to be more physically aggressive Women tend to be more relationally/covertly aggressive Circumstances matter Theoretical Perspectives (Biological Theories of Aggression) Evolutionary Theory o Aggression to environmental cues evolved over evolutionary time because aggression has helped our ancestors survive (gaining resources, defending against attacks,
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