Frustration and Agression

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A forensic behavioral analysis of frustration and agression in their related connection to crime

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Frustration and Agression

  1. 1. Frustrated Aggression<br />Understanding Aggression and Its Frustational Underpinnings<br />Rakeem A. Chapman<br />Boston University<br />
  2. 2. Learned vs. Inherent<br />
  3. 3. Defining Aggression<br />The intent and attempt to harm another individual, physically or socially or to destroy an object<br />OED: Hostile or destructive tendency or behaviour, held to arise from repressed feelings of inferiority, frustration or guilt.<br />Psychologically<br />
  4. 4. Varieties of Human Aggression<br />Psychological<br />
  5. 5. Anger Inducing Conditions<br />Insults<br />Physical attacks<br />One’s own failures<br />Any one of the above can result in frustration<br />
  6. 6. Expectancy Theory<br />When behavior is directed at a specific goal and is thwarted, frustration is likely to follow<br />This is even more powerful when the interference is unexpected<br />More likely to cause aggression<br />
  7. 7. Sigmund Freud<br />Frustration builds up on the inside and if we do not have an outlet to release it we will eventually spout off the excess frustration through aggressive behavior.<br />Studies have shown that children involved in sports (even just as spectators) are less aggressive because they release the extra energy on the field/court or vicariously through viewership.<br />
  8. 8. Connecting Frustration and Aggression<br />Frustration does not always lead to aggression and aggressive behavior does not always signify frustration<br />Frustration only FACILITATES the performance of aggressive behavior<br />Violent<br />Crime<br />
  9. 9. References<br />Aggression. (1989). Oxford English Dictionary. OxfordUniversity Press. Retrieved February 17, 2010, from<br />Bartol, C. R., Bartol, A. M. (2008). Criminal behavior: apsychological approach. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc., 2008. <br />http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50004419?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=aggression&first=1&max_to_show=10<br />

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