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Include things like creating rumors and ruining social relationships Men and women on average are about equally likely to engage in relationship aggression o People who engage in physical aggression are also likely to engage in relational aggression There are multiple reasons why people might be aggressive o (1) Impulsivity – most common reason for aggress Can occur when impulse control has been damaged like when in a negative emotional state One of the predictors of relational aggression is negative affect People aggressive & higher on neuroticism last out due to negative emotion o (2) Substance – violent crimes committed under influence of alcohol and drugs Alcohol and drugs reduce your impulse control – you feel bad but harder to control behavior Impulse control is related to prefrontal cortex which doesn’t develop later on o Peak aggression is between ages of 2 to 4 – we become less aggressive for most of our life o Improvement of aggression from childhood into adolescence is because prefrontal cortex still developing
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Age crime curve – your rates of violent crime increase rapidly from 10 to 20 then decreasing for rest of your life o You’re large and strong when you’re 16 to 24, but you are not fully mature in impulse control capabilities Most violent crimes for teenagers are committed in groups – group aggression, group fights o People less likely to feel like they’re violating some norm if someone else is also doing it Freudian idea of catharsis – if I can release aggressive energy in a non-harmful way like video games or watching violent movies, that will result you in being less aggressive o Other idea is that by engaging in certain activities, you will come to find it rewarding to be aggressive o Generally, violent media tends to lead to increase aggressive behavior Playing a violent game would be more influential than watching a violent movie o (1) You are active and engaging in the actions themselves in a video game Studies have someone playing a violent video game while someone else just watches Person who engage rather than just watching engage in more aggressive behaviors We tend to associate & identify w/ person engaging in the violence themselves o (2) Games are set up directly to reward violent behaviors – levels, points, special powers Columbine High School shooting in late 1980s o Media’s explanation was that boys were bullied and retaliating against people for being bullied o Both teenage boys left extensive journals about their feelings and thought leading to the event Eric’s journal had high levels of psychopathy – talked casually about hurting people & killing people o High levels of narcissism – said survivors wouldn’t be able to understand his higher level of reasoning Dylan’s journal did not have high levels of psychopathy and narcissism o He was desperate for social relationship, and his closest friend was violent psychopath o He was kind drawn into the violent plan w/ lots of untreated depression Rate of violent crime has gone down by half in the past 25 years o One reason – we
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