Anger Vs. Aggression

These are not the same thing!

Some theorists (Bandura) believe that aggressive behaviour is learned and maintained through environmental experiences.

Aggression which is learned as a way of solving issues and conflicts are normally learned at a young age and is considered normal behaviour around the age of 8 years old.

Aggressive behaviour is learned in all kinds of places including the classroom, schools, peer groups, family and community. When discussing community, we are looking at inner-cities where minority children may be vulnerable to displaying anti-social behaviour due to extreme environmental conditions they live in.

However, the person who is most likely to behave in an aggressive manner, is the one who is programmed to respond in that way due to previous experience and learning. Experience can be observing not necessarily acting it out themselves (e.g. watching lots of violence on screen)

Studies show that aggressive adolescents believe the following:

  • Acting in an aggressive manner will increase self-esteem and status among their peers (respect).
  • Negative consequences do not have a huge impact on them.
  • They believe that aggressive behaviour is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts.

Anger and Aggression are not the same things!

  • Anger can proceed acts of aggression, however, anger does not necessarily result in aggressive behaviour.
  • Anger is just one of several emotions that we as human beings experience on a daily basis.
  • A person cannot be angry unless they are angry at A person cannot be fearful, if they are not fearful of something.