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?


Author: Allick Delancy

WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DO GREAT THINGS IN LIFE! The areas of education, psychology, motivation, behavioural coaching, management of stress, anger and conflict, has always interested Allick Delancy. For this reason, over the years he has conducted research in these fields and has experienced great success in writing, lecturing and assisting other persons to develop their fullest potentials. He has obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioural Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. Allick Delancy also earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology, with general emphasis in Learning, Development, Testing and Research from Andrews University. He has worked in the field of community mediation, education--conducting life skills training (for students, teachers and parents), as well as conducting Functional Behavioural Assessments and developing Functional Behavioural Plans. He also lectures at the Bachelors degree level in Early Childhood and Family Studies, Leadership and Management and co-wrote an undergraduate course in social work.

2 thoughts on “Don’t blame me for my aggression.”

  1. I agree with the majority of your assessment although I think the first two, biological and frustration, carry the most weight. With no research to cite and going off of my own personal experience, my social surroundings have little influence on how I react to situations. I think an important thing is to recognize when we have issues with anger and address them regardless of the cause. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to admit to ourselves and even more difficult to get someone else to admit that anger can be an issue.

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