Human Aggression. PSY 321 Sanchez. “ In all of nature, there is nothing so threatening to humanity as humanity itself.” Lewis Thomas, 1981. Today’s Agenda:. DEFINITIONS CAUSES AND DETERMINANTS OF AGGRESSION SPECIAL CASE: MEDIA VIOLENCE REDUCING AGGRESSION. Aggression.
Aggression as means
OpportunityTypes of Aggression: Instrumental Aggression
46,121 Americans killed in the Vietnam War
84,644 Americans shot to death in America
35 times higher than Germany, Denmark, or England, 7 times higher than Canada or France
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Berkowitz’s modification of frustration-aggression theory
Berkowitz’s modification of frustration-aggression
“You can carjack any car, go to the seedy part of town, beep the horn and pick up a prostitute. Then you take her to a dark street and the car starts shaking. When the prostitute jumps out, your money is down but your energy is full”
Note: People can recover their money by killing the woman.
Source: The Washington Post 8/24/02, p. A1