Causes of aggressive behavior

Causes of aggressive behavior

Aggression is a very big problem in society. It is a health problem which can bring down an entire family or can ruin the life of an individual. It’s a behavior that is characterized with physical or emotional harm from the aggressor to the victim. It may range from verbal abuses to physical destruction of property. Indeed, people who have been diagnosed with aggression tend to be impulsive, irritable and restless. It is however important to note that being aggressive can be positive. One only needs to be aggressive enough for existence. Where one’s aggression results into harm or destruction of property or, the end result is that the situation becomes neurotic and therefore classified as a disease of the mind capable of causing harm.

Biological Basis of Behavior

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Aggression is not just an act that is performed by a person willingly. Partly,it is an act that has biological basis. A recent study showed that physical and chemical changes in the brain of an individual during development can potentially play a significant role in some felonious and deviant behaviors related to aggressiveness. According to Dr. Catherine, the absence of serotonin receptors when there is an early development can leads to extremely aggressive and impulsive behaviors in mice. Impulsivity, but not aggression, returns to normal levels by reintroducing the receptors (Katherine Nautiyal, PhD, abstract 754.07). This is an indication that human being can also behave like that. Further, According to the study done by Dr. Kristine, teenagers respond more spontaneously to danger than adults or children, and the prefrontal cortex works harder to exert control over impulsive responses to threatening cues (Kristina Caudle, PhD, abstract 852.14). The foregoing is just the tip of the ice bag of how much there is biological proof to the causes of aggression in human beings.

Influence of gender on aggression

There is no affirmative conclusion as to whether gender has a direct influence on the extent of aggression.

Social and Environmental Influences on Behavior

The character of an individual is acquired inherently and according to the surrounding environment. There are those who are inherently and biologically aggressive. There are also those who have interacted with a community that is aggressive and therefore by virtue of the environment they become aggressive. There are several research and studies which have been carried out on the people with this behavior and it has been found that societal or socioeconomic factors can lead to one being aggressive. There are certain family structures which seek to nurture aggression within an individual. For instance, a child brought up in a community or family where there is domestic violence and abuse of drugs is likely to grow up aggressive.

Exposure to aggressive behavior in the environment

This heading conforms to the environmental factors which cause aggression. It would therefore be repetitive to assert the same in this heading.

Conclusion

Aggression is not just an act that is performed by a person willingly. Partly, it is an act that has biological basis. A recent study showed that physical and chemical changes in the brain of an individual during development can potentially play a significant role in some felonious and deviant behaviors related to aggressiveness. It may be influenced by the social, environment or biological factors. It also has gender connotations.

References

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Kat Snodgrass and Anne Nicholas NEW EVIDENCE ON THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF HIGHLY IMPULSIVE AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIORS Press Room, Nov. 9–13: (619) 525-6260

David Kopf Lecture on Neuroethics: Blaming the Brain: Behavioral Sciences in the Courtroom

Monday, Nov. 11, 10–11:10 a.m., Ballroom 20

            Morris, C. & Maisto, A. (2014) Understanding Psychology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Seminar 5

Nature/Nurture Paper Help Guide

Based on what you have learned about emotion and motivation, as well as biological (nature) and environmental/social (nurture) factors, explore the debate on what is known about the causes of aggressive behavior. Include the following sections in your essay.

Introduction Paragraph:

  • Grab the readers’ attention
  • Introduce the topic
  • Include a strong thesis statement (which basically tells the reader which side you are supporting)

Body Paragraphs:

  • Aggression
    • What is aggression?
    • How is it defined by a scholarly professional?
    • Why do psychologists study aggression?
  • Nature: Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Why are some people aggressive by nature? Include scholarly evidence
  • Discuss pertinent theories, models, and research of particular psychologists
  • This must appear in this section: Freud’s view on aggression, evolutionary views, and frustration.
  • Document all sources!
  • Nurture: Social and Environmental Influences on Behavior
    • Does exposure to aggressive behavior in the environment encourage or discourage aggressive behavior?
    • Discuss evidence to support your position.
    • Discuss specific theories, models, and research of particular psychologists, learning theories (think of what we learned about modeling behavior, vicarious reinforcement, etc.)
  • Include home, role models, caregivers, media – TV, movies, music, and video games
  • Collectivist vs. individualist societies
  • Document all sources!
  • Gender and Aggression
  • What does history tell us about male vs. female aggression? (use sources)
  • What role does biology play in male vs. female aggression (are boys biologically more aggressive than girls?) Prove your views with scholarly works and examples.
  • What role does the environment play in male vs. female aggression (are girls encouraged to be more aggressive?). Prove your views with scholarly resources and examples.
  • Conclusion:
    • Review your thesis statement
    • Based on what you have learned about biological and environmental influences on behavior, which plays a more influential role in helping us understand aggression?
    • Leave the reader with something ( a desire to learn more, a puzzling statement on the topic, a new idea, etc.)
  • References:
    • Students MUST use outside resources
    • Students must use the APA Guide

 

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