Antisocial Behavior Aggression

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Antisocial Behavior: Aggression PSY 102: Social Psychology Instructor: Courtney Gosnell
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Outline What is aggression? Variability in aggression Origins of Aggression Reducing Aggression
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What is aggression?
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What is aggression? 1. A murderer is executed under Utah’s capital punishment law. 2. A father spanks his disobedient six-year-old. 3. A woman shoots mace at her would-be rapist. 4. A batter’s line drive hits the pitcher in the knee. 5. A frustrated wife yells at her “messy slob of a husband.” 6. A smoldering destroyer in Pearl Harbor, 1941, manages to shoot down a Japanese plane. 7. A professor lowers a student’s grade on a late paper. 8. A man passes along rumors about his rival’s sexual transgressions. 9. A teenager tells his proud little sister that her art project is “dumb and ugly.” 10. Two girls sneak out at night and “toilet paper” their mutual friend’s front yard.
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What is aggression? Physical or verbal behavior intended to hurt another person who does not want to be hurt. Related concepts Anger: Emotion (affect) Hostility: Attitude (cognition) Violence: Extreme acts of physical aggression
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Aggression according to book? 1. A murderer is executed under Utah’s capital punishment law. 2. A father spanks his disobedient six-year-old. 3. A woman shoots mace at her would-be rapist. 4. A batter’s line drive hits the pitcher in the knee. 5. A frustrated wife yells at her “messy slob of a husband.” 6. A smoldering destroyer in Pearl Harbor, 1941, manages to shoot down a Japanese plane. 7. A professor lowers a student’s grade on a late paper. 8. A man passes along rumors about his rival’s sexual transgressions. 9. A teenager tells his proud little sister that her art project is “dumb and ugly.” 10. Two girls sneak out at night and “toilet paper” their mutual friend’s front yard.
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Two types of aggression Instrumental Aggression Inflicting harm to obtain something of value. A means to an end. Emotional Aggression (a.k.a. hostile or affective) Inflicting harm for its own sake. The means and the ends coincide.
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Cultural Variability Gender Differences Individual Differences Variability in Aggression
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Culture and Aggression Cross cultural; differences in aggression/violence Some societies where aggression is absent or nearly
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