Aggressiveness may be necessary when we have to defend ourselves against clear threats to life or pr

Aggressiveness may be necessary when we have to defend ourselves against clear threats to life or pr

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Aggressiveness may be necessary when we have to defend ourselves against clear threats to life or property, but can be a problem if it is our usual style of response to others. Aggressive individuals seek to dominate, regardless of the cost. We are aggressive when we express ourselves at the expense of the rights and feelings of others. Aggressive action relies on beliefs that we have to fight for the right to our personal space or need satisfaction and the only way to gain either is by physical or emotional domination. We direct the resulting hostility at others, especially anyone who may be standing in our way. When we are aggressive, we may blame or abuse others and violate their boundaries to get what we want. When we are aggressive, we lack empathy. We are over-reactive and often mean-spirited. "You" statements blur our fears of domination, dependence, and vulnerability. We protect ourselves by controlling others verbally, by raging, by humiliating others, using put-downs, sarcasm, or the threat or reality of physical or sexual
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course LEARNING L 110 taught by Professor Afrancis during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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