Response post hatred and aggression

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Hatred and aggression are very serious topics and unfortunately rarely gets addressed. I have dealt with so many young children, as young as three years old, that have displayed all sorts of aggressive behavior when they are unable to have their way such as fighting, biting, throwing chairs, or yelling. Tantrums are expected from babies or toddlers, but when older children are displaying these same type of behaviors I believe there are some underlying causes to it.

Psychology Today (1983) did a survey asking if people could “If you could secretly push a button and thereby eliminate any person with no repercussions to yourself, would you press that button?” 69% of responding males said yes, 56% of women. Men would most often kill the U. S. president or some public figure; women would kill bosses, ex-husbands or ex boyfriends and former partners of current lovers.” I understand being upset with someone, but actually going the lengths to kill or be willing to end someone’s life, that is extreme.

One possible explanation for people’s aggression and hatred is through learned behavior. Social learning theory suggests that great deals of children’s behaviors are learned through modeled behaviors, observed behaviors, imitation, and possibly vicarious reinforcement (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). If a child constantly sees adults handling conflict in way that display aggression, such as yelling, fighting, or throwing, most likely they will pick up those aggressive habits as well. For example, Lynn Munoz recalls her parents yelling,throwing dishes and slamming things when in arguments. When she got older she remembered doing the same thing, until she caught herself and began to take steps to deprogram the aggressive behavior.

Aggression can also be biological, as well. There is quite a bit of empirical research linking physiological causes to aggressive behaviors. Some examples included by Friedman and Schustack (2012) include aggression resulting from brain disorders or biochemical deficiencies. Mood disorders and psychosis can be the general cause for aggressive attitudes in children. They may not be able to communicate how they are feeling, but their bodily chemicals are doing so many things and they are unable to handle it all.


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Munoz, L (2014). Aggression and Hatred. Lifelong Learning.

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Silva, M. (2017). What are some of the causes of aggression in children? Child Mind Insitute

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