I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Aggressive Act. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. A doctor who makes an injection that harms .people, but who did so with the intention of preventing the further spread of illness, is not considered to have committed an aggressive act. Also, it is important to understand that aggression need not necessarily be physical. it can be just verbal. It may be direct, indirect, active or passive. The definition by Baron and Richardson mentioned above is only an attempt to define aggression and it must be borne in mind that no universally accepted definition of aggression exists. The range of actions that can be interpreted as aggression is large. The concept of aggression is complex, and also, depending upon the context the term can be made to carry either positive or negative connotations. Also as per Dollard and Miller, aggression may be hostile or instrumental. Hostile aggression is aggression with a goal to injure another and instrumental aggression is aggression in service of a goal, for instance, kids fighting over a toy.
What causes aggression has been an intriguing question for many years now. There have been many psychological theories in the past, the understanding of which becomes essential to analyze if aggression is an inevitable and inescapable part of our lives. The earliest of these theories is that of Sigmund Freud’s Instinct theory. Freud proposed that aggression is an instinctive biological urge. According to Freud, this instinct is made up of the libido (pleasure) and “Thanatos” (the death wish/pain). This basic instinct is present from birth. At first, the aggression is relatively uncontrolled, but with the development of ego and superego, it becomes channeled into socially acceptable behaviors. If these impulses are not released periodically in safe ways, they soon reach dangerous levels capable of producing acts of violence. Sometimes the aggressive impulse is turned inward and produces self – punishment action, even suicide. The best that can be hoped for, according to Freud, is that aggressive impulses will be .channeled into socially acceptable forms, such as football, sport, etc. .