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Aggression by Jose da Silveira, Malcolm Lader, Alyson Bond

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CHAPTER ONE

The psychology of aggression

In this chapter, definitions and theories of aggressive behaviour are discussed. Several factors are important in aggressive behaviour and these are discussed under three broad headings: interpersonal factors, external factors, and individual differences.

TERMINOLOGY

Aggression is a word that in ordinary language encompasses a wide range of behaviours. However, these sometimes diverse behaviours seem to have a common thread and the aim of a psychological definition is to explain this. There have been many definitions of aggression. For example, Harre and Lamb (1983, p.13) catalogued more than 250. These various definitions seem to share the idea that aggression involves inflicting harm or damage but beyond ...

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