Edin Mustafic
ME © 2015 - Anatomy of an emotional Assault
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Slider (20): © ME 2015 - Anatomy of an emotional Assault

Anatomy of an emotional Assault
The dispute between biologically oriented scientists who consider the aggressiveness as innate and those who emphasize the role of learning and experience in the development of aggressive tendencies is not completed. The debate revolves around the question of exogenous or endogenous cause of aggression.

Researchers like Freud, Storr and Lorenz believe in an innate instinct, which forces them to attack other people and to destroy them. They believe that these instincts must unload either in direct aggression by observing violence (films, photographs, destroying inanimate objects) or the pursuit of power positions. If the aggression is not lived out in this way, it can lead to uncontrolled violence and even suicide. Critics of these theories reject the idea of an organismic deterministic aggressive instinct. People can live long peaceful, when environmental conditions do not provoke aggressive behavior. There are no uniform release mechanisms.

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Bushman, Brad J./Baumeister, R. F./Phillips, C. M. (2001): Do people aggress to improve their Mood? Catharsis beliefs, affect regulation opportunity, and aggressive responding. In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 81, S. 17-32. Goleman, Daniel: Emotionale Inteligenz. München 1995. Carl Hanser Verlag, S 67-105.

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