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Factors of Aggression


Does alcohol consumption contribute to aggression? Why are some people more violent when they drink?

Some people become more aggressive or violent when they drink alcohol; they pick fights with others, shout, and say inappropriate things. The reason certain individuals display this aggressive behavior after alcohol consumption is that alcohol lowers inhibitions and relaxes. When we drink excessively, these inhibitions decrease and our tendencies to…

Is aggression characteristic of a mental illness? Agitated depression can make you feel depressed and act aggressively

Sometimes, symptoms of depression are accompanied by signs of aggression, which can signify agitated depression. Agitated depression isn’t a distinct depression type, but rather a clearer explanation for cases of depression that also include acts of aggression. Symptoms include your normal depression symptoms, like depressed mood and lack of interest…

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,…