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Handgun purchasers with a previous DUI conviction are more likely to be violent and commit crimes than handgun purchasers without a DUI record

New research suggests that handgun purchasers with a previous DUI conviction are more likely to commit violence crimes than handgun purchasers without a DUI record. Researchers identified every individual between 21 and 49 years old who legally purchased a handgun in California in 2001; researchers then identified any violent crime…

Being assertive vs. being aggressive: Assertive behavior demonstrates respect and leads to better outcomes than aggression

Assertive behavior and aggression are different approaches to handling confrontation, which have distinguishing factors and lead to very different outcomes. First, assertive behavior is typically a positive form of expression, while aggression is a negative form of expression. Additionally, assertive behavior is rooted in respect, while aggression is not; for…

Do violent video games really cause aggressive behavior? Despite popular belief, research says gaming does not influence behavior change

The common belief is that video games cause aggression in real life—but research shows this isn’t the case. Cultivation theory summarizes this belief; however, a University of York study shows that violent video games doesn’t influence players to behave any certain way. That said, of course gaming can still have…

Why do people have so much aggression? This hostile behavior is a survival instinct that some suppress, and others release

We all act aggressively from time to time—say while sitting in traffic or in the midst of an argument—but some are more aggressive than others. There are several reasons we engage in aggressive behavior, which also help to explain why some people display aggression more often. These causes include instinct,…