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Theories of Aggression

Psychodynamic view:   

Emphasizes the innate aspect of aggression

Aggression is seen as a drive that must be discharged (catharsis)

Shame is a primary trigger for an episode of aggression

Evolutionary view:

All animals display the capacity to harm or kill other members of their species

Aggression is a strategy evoked by stimuli that threaten reproductive success   

©  1999 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

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