Don’t blame me for my aggression.

Should an individual be held accountable for aggressively responding to situation in life? Or, to what degree should they be held accountable? Should we look at other factors when making judgements in this matter?

Little two year old Jake, throws a toy at the face of his six month old brother, scratching him in the process. Merry, a sexually abused teenage girl, joined a gang and finally felt empowered enough to confront her abuser. In the process of doing so, stabs him several times about the body and is arrested by local authorities.

Should these individuals be blamed or held accountable for these actions?

For some persons, anger is viewed as an instinct, and though it is triggered by a hostile stimulus, has a biological component that may be hormonal or genetic.

Then there are others with the view, that aggression is linked to frustration. Suggesting that there is an inability to cope or find appropriate responses to situations presented in life.

And there is yet another view, that aggression has its roots in social learning. As such, the view here is, anger—being an emotional response to annoyance—displays itself in an individual, based on how others in the community address particular issues.

For example:

1. Biological—our adrenaline chemical acts on the body to influence the fight or flight response.
2. Frustration—not always we are able to cope with situations presented to us. For instance, due to limited knowledge, of appropriate coping strategies.
3. Social learning—we take up information from or environment, as to how we ought to respond to a given situation. So this learning comes from culture, family, close associates etc.
It is my belief that all three play individual parts in human aggression.

What is your perspective on human aggression?

PTSD: It’s Not Just for Veterans

When Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is in the news, it is mostly because of the number of veterans suffering as a result of combat-related trauma. Victims of other kinds of trauma can also suffer from PTSD, though, and often do without realizing it. PTSD mirrors other mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and can also present as, “I feel fine,” when really the “feeling fine” rooted in numbness and avoidance.

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Team Work

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From a professional standpoint, there is nothing more rewarding than team work. When every person knows how to do their job, and they work together with the precision of a watch to get the job done, it is impressive to see. Every moving part is important. It is effective and efficient, and each part depends on the other in order to work in harmony.

However, what I have seen time and time again is a lack of team work in most companies and governmental agencies. People are more concerned with back stabbing and working their way to the top, and it does not matter who they run over in the process. Gossiping, lying to your co-workers and subordinates, no accountability for personal actions on and off duty, lack of supervision, and out dated policy and procedures serve as the catalyst for these actions.

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Want to Be Successful? Do These 7 Things in Your Spare Time

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Did you know startups fail about four times as often as they succeed? Do you know why it’s so hard to get a successful business off the ground? It’s attributable to a number of factors, one of which could be the way the founders are spending their spare time.

The productivity you can generate in your free time often carries over into the success of your professional endeavors, and you can bet that successful people use their free time for much more than relaxing on the couch or binging on Netflix.

If you’re struggling to find success as an entrepreneur, you might want to take a closer look at how you spend your time away from the office. Consider replacing some of your less productive habits with ones with better benefits:

1. Exercise

Working out is good for both the body and the mind. According to various studies, people who exercise 30 minutes a day, five times a week, enjoy better overall brain health, including uplift in mood, reduced stress, increased creativity and clearer thinking. Exercise is the best thing you can do to stay alert and alive while you run your business.

2. Hobbies

Have you ever noticed that some of the most successful people you know also lead rather interesting lifestyles outside of work? That comes largely from the personal pastimes they choose to enjoy. Hobbies are a good outlet for stress and an excellent source of creativity.

3. Learning

Success often means fostering a love of learning. If you want to inspire a love of learning inside yourself, learn something new. Some people like to learn languages; others like to keep up with the latest technological investments. Most learn something that will be useful to them in their careers, such as IT basics. A strong atmosphere of learning new things can help increase personal and business productivity by 37 percent.

With online tutorials, web-based informational courses and apps that offer assistance with just a few taps, you don’t have an excuse not to learn something new.

4. Mindfulness

…Mindfulness can help you relax, improve productivity, facilitate creativity and maintain your general overall well-being.

… It could simply mean sitting in stillness for 20 minutes twice a day, or leaning back in your chair, staring up at the ceiling and forgetting the world for 10 minutes.

5. Service

If you’re losing sight of perspective and what matters to you most, take an opportunity to serve the less fortunate. Giving back to your community helps you to think about things besides work, which may enable you to evaluate how to improve your business. It’s the best way to put your life into perspective and reduce the stress that comes from constantly focusing on your own problems.

6. Reading

The best way to stay up to date with the activities of prosperous individuals is to read. Whether you’re keeping up on the latest news, studying a business-oriented self-help book or reading the biography of a successful person you admire, reading can help boost your creativity, improve your thought processes at work and enable you to de-stress after a long day.

7. Family

Take a break every now and then to devote your entire attention to those you love most. For just a few hours a week, stop thinking about the things that happen at work and enjoy what’s going on at home. Healthy, happy and profitable people understand that taking a break with their loved ones keeps them sane as they climb the ladder of success.

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