Aggression in Humans Essay by Neatwriter

Aggression in Humans
Examines the views of several experts on the origins of human aggression.
# 60173 | 1,800 words | 9 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2005 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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This paper looks at the theories put forth by several psychologists and anthropologists, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, on the origins of human aggression. The paper concludes that, in the end, the quandary comes back to Einstein and Freud. Whether aggression is in the DNA (ours and that of other primates) or is learned at our mother's (or father's) knee, it appears that the fin de siecle geniuses had it right: culture and sanctions appear to keep aggression under control.

Paper Outline:

Red Meat and Being Mean
Universal Truths About Aggression
Pop Psychology: CD?
Man and Ape Alike
Women and Aggression
Odds Against

From the Paper:

"In fact, the issue of witchcraft begins to expose an aggressive side to women's natures. Those accused of witchcraft were usually married women of some wealth and status, certainly rarely the poorest in a village. Interpersonal vendettas but very often economic inequality provided the impetus for an accusation. The accusations were, moreover, not isolated incidents, but part of a pervasive pattern that included jealousy, threats and curses. While early village life did include friendships, it also included an "internal viciousness" and "brutality" in interpersonal conflict that drove some to pursue vendettas with "a degree of persistence and ruthlessness" that might end in the adversary's death."

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