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Chapter 14. Underpinnings of Aggression > Factors Modulating Our Aggression

Factors Modulating Our Aggression

Aggression and Personal Values and Beliefs

What people value and how they interpret situations has a marked impact on when they become angry and how they deal with the anger. Understanding how people interpret situations and what they value most can help you to avoid “pushing their buttons” and to know how to defuse a situation once someone has become angry.

Some people seek smooth, collegial work relationships above all else. Some crave a chance to be creative and express themselves. Some want as much money as possible. Others desire to be needed or loved. Still others want to be the center of attention. People are at risk for behaving aggressively when things they value are threatened. Someone who desires a chance to express himself is not likely to be upset when someone else is selected to run a project, as long as he is given a creative task to fulfill and some autonomy in doing it. Someone in search of power and respect may not be bothered if assigned a project without creative opportunities as long as she is in charge and the company considers it an important endeavor. People who value maintaining amicable relationships above all else and desire to maintain a self-image as considerate and kind will rarely be outwardly aggressive.


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