Pysch M.D. - Frustration-Aggression principle






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Term: Frustration-aggression principle
Definition (Myers):The principle that frustration - the blocking of an attempt to achieve some goal - creates anger, which can generate aggression. 1
Definition (alternative): When people are prevented from achieving their goal, their frustration turns to aggression and anger. 2
Contextual explanation: This principle is basically the idea that certain stimulus can cause hostility and aggression. A good example of a stimulus that causes excessive aggression is hot weather. The textbook quotes that 'When people are hot, they think, feel and act more aggressively.' It was also stated that crime rates were higher during certain days that had hot weather. Basically, just like hot weather, there is a lot of stimuli that causes certain levels of aggression. It can be personal or generic, for example, personally I have something against being smelly and dirty. If someone disturbs me when I am hot or sweaty, my specific stimulus, I usually overly aggressive.
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Anger & Frustration
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What might be causing their aggression?
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  • http://www.answers.com/topic/frustration-aggression-hypothesis 3
  • http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=main.doiLanding&uid=1941-04185-001 2
Sources:
  1. Myers, D.G. (2004). Psychology. New York City, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. Miller, N.E. (2009). Retrieved September 12, 2009, from APA PsycNET Web site: http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=main.doiLanding&uid=1941-04185-001
  3. (2009). Frustration-aggression hypothesis. Retrieved September 12, 2009, from Answers.com Web site: http://www.answers.com/topic/frustration-aggression-hypothesis
  4. T., Carrey (2009, May 27). What is the frustration aggression principle. Retrieved September 12, 2009, from ChaCha Web site: http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-the-frustration-aggression-principle
  5. bbytkd, (2007, March 16). Retrieved September 13, 2009, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vja-F5Vbn8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftheneuron.wikifoundry.com%2Fpage%2FPysch%2BM.D.%2B-%2BFrustration-Aggression%2Bprinciple&feature=player_embedded
  6. Yetimonk, (2007, April 15). A Jigsaw of School Shootings. Retrieved September 13, 2009, from Google Groups Web site: http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k59/Yetimonk/47826774_a44f3fc9dc.jpg
Edited by: Jin
Date of last edit: 9/10/09



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