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.
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?