- Theories of Aggression
- Evolutionary Theory - Animals: Most animals display aggression (Adaptive evolutionary trait, natural selection of physical traits) - Males equipped to be more aggressive (Attack other adult males, ensure reproductive success) - In-group fight for dominance, Inter-group fight only if gains outweigh -Primates more complex: Social skills & alliances needed
- Frustration - Aggression: When people perceive that they are being prevented from achieving a goal, their frustration is likely to turn to aggression -The closer you get to a goal, the greater the excitement and expectation of the pleasure. - The closer you are, the more frustrated you get by being held back. -Unexpected occurrence of the frustration also increases the likelihood of aggression.
- Social learning theory: aggression learnt by observing