• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 14. Underpinnings of Aggression > Why We Let Ourselves Become Aggressiv...

Why We Let Ourselves Become Aggressive

Despite the pressure of frustration and perhaps psychiatric problems, most people still have consciences that tell them not to hurt others. To get around their consciences, people use a number of excuses. People focus their attention on the importance of the cause that they are pursuing; they tell themselves that they were just following orders or that they just went along with the crowd. Another set of excuses entails degrading the victim; blaming the victim; or denying the harm done to the victim by the aggression. If you understand the excuses that people use to circumvent their consciences, you can sometimes head off the maneuver and help their conscience to stand firm.

Some people allow themselves to behave aggressively because they are ruthless and have little conscience. Several factors affect a person’s strength of conscience. First, there may be inborn, biologically determined differences in how an individual responds to others’ pain. Second, early childhood experiences impact whether someone feels warmly toward other human beings or sees others as objects to be used and discarded. Third, the cultures people grow up in, live in, and work in all impact the content of their conscience, their beliefs about which behaviors are appropriate and which are not.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint