for excessive aggression
Some Ways to Treat Excessive Aggression
Aggression is a natural part of human
existence. Physiological, social, and environmental factors all
play a role in aggression. Aggression is a natural expression of
human life and is not something that can be truly eliminated. Aggression
can, however, be shaped and utilized so that its expression is used
only for positive purposes.
One popular way to utilize excess aggression
is to channel the aggressive feelings into exercise and sports.
Many believe that through aggressive and exhausting activities,
the aggressive tendencies will essentially be "drained out of the
body." Knowing the biological nature of aggression, it is questionable
that aggression could actually be "driven out of" a person. While
athletic and competitive activities may not actually take aggression
out of a person, they are acceptable and worthwhile ways to display
The simplest way to "treat" aggression
is to teach self-control before aggressive behaviors present themselves.
Studies show that parents who hug, kiss, and generally show love
to their children throughout their lives are likely to have children
with less aggressive behaviors. Similarly, children who are taught
to understand the dangerous nature of violence and understand that
film violence is only an act tend to be less aggressive despite
viewing the violent media.
For those who show very aggressive
behaviors, medication may be required. Drugs have been developed
that can alter the levels of important chemicals in the patient,
such as serotonin, nitric oxide, and others. Drugs are usually used
to treat aggression in older patients who have already displayed
intensely aggressive behaviors that cannot be treated any other
way, such as criminals and mentally disabled people.
As already stated, aggression will
always exist and cannot be truly treated.. Tendencies towards aggression
are the result of numerous chemical interactions within the human
body, most of which result from genetics. After those genetic hard
codes decide a person's propensity towards aggression, the social
factors take over, and can add to or detract from the person's chances
to act aggressively. It is hoped that through more caring and diligent
parenting and schooling that most severely aggressive behaviors
can be stopped before they begin.