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Aggression. What is aggressive behaviour? Forms of aggression.

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The aggression is that kind of behaviour which is oriented to consciously causing different kinds of damage or pain to the people around. It is expressing in the demonstration of hostility or using power against others. The aggression is purposeful, advancing, destructive, violent behaviour which is against contrary to the approved normal standards of behaviour and community rules. It usually leads to psychic stress, low spirits, fear, and pain. The aggression is a common characterization to the kids with behaviour disorders, it is not a model of emotion, motive or routine but a model of manners.

The aggression could be classified into two different sub-specifications: instrumental and impulsive.

Instrumental aggression – it includes cases when the aggressor attacks other people, but with no bad intention of causing damage or suffer. In concrete, the aggression is used as an instrument for the realization of desired purposes.

Impulsive aggression – it includes cases where the concrete goal of the aggressor is consciously causing of damage or suffering to other people.

Forms of aggression

Physical aggression – aggressive or criminal deeds whose purpose is to cause harm to people, animals or even to property in rare cases.

Verbal aggression – this is a violent behaviour which attempts to cause humiliation, impairment of dignity, abusiveness, a disgrace to a specific person by yelling, threatening, swear-words and other kinds of verbal manifestation.

Active aggression – it is represented as kicking, tearing hair, clawing, crushing, pinching, fighting, beating, punching, burning, strangling, poisoning, throwing objects at someone, stabbing, cutting, etc..

Direct passive physical aggression – that kind of aggression finds expression in preventing someone from achieving their goals or ignoring the concrete person, neglecting the needs and the desires of someone.

Indirect aggression – the damage is inflicted not directly on to the victim itself, but to something owned by the victim or to some other person close to the victim. Per example – this could be causing damages on someone’s property like theft or breaking the victim’s car or even hurting someone the victim loves.

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