Psychology 2720A/B Chapter 11: Chapter 11 Notes- Aggression

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=intentional behaviour aimed at causing either physical or psychological pain true aggression involves intent to harm another can be verbal or physical action. Whether or not harmful action succeeds in its goal, it is still aggression. Intention important: hostile aggression= act of aggression stemming from feelings of anger and aimed at inflicting pain/injury. Instrumental aggression= intention to hurt the other person, but the hurting takes place as a means to some goal other than causing pain. Males are more likely to be aggressive at least when it comes to physical aggression: women express aggression more covertly by gossiping, backbiting etc. This gender difference begins at an early age. Ostrov study: had children aged 3 to 5 play in groups of three. Instructed to colour a picture on white sheet of paper, three crayons were provided, but only one was colour (orange); others white.

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