for excessive aggression
People get mad. You
can see it in their eyes and hear it written about in songs. Countries
go to war, a boxer throws another blow at his opponent, people get
killed on the street, a student punches a pillow - all of these
things are lumped into one big category - Aggression. So what is
this force that drives us in so many different directions?
has been defined as many different things. On an every day level,
people speak of "attacking" or "tackling" their
problems, "mastering" a problem, or "getting their
teeth into" things. It seems that aggressive words are used
to describe a number of things. It is the basis of intellectual
achievement, pride, and independence. It includes assertiveness
and forceful conduct as well as volatile or violent behavior.
Another take on aggression views it as the violation
of social norms. This is not to say that slight social deviants
are necessarily aggressive persons, but rather that an act that
might be seen as aggressive is more likely to be categorized as
such if it violates social norms. For example, a scalpel in the
hands of a surgeon is a tool, compared with a knife in the hands
of a thief, a weapon.
More specifically, aggression can be called those
acts intended to hurt others, provoke conflict, or to secure an
increased competitive advantage. The point here is to say that there
is no one exhaustive definition for what we call aggression. In
the following pages, the pervious description will serve as our
operation definition of aggression.