Aggression – Social Behavior (PSY)

by Tarry Ahuja, MD

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    00:00 Let’s get into Aggression.

    00:04 Social behavior for we going to start talk about love and attraction.

    00:08 We’re going to have to move on the opposite which would be aggression.

    00:10 There is three types of factors that can really help further support aggressive behavior.

    00:16 Now, one might seem odd when we are talking about genetic predisposition.

    00:20 And what we’re referring to here is more along the lines of personality traits.

    00:25 and not that there’s a gene that makes you angry.

    00:28 We are referring to the fact that if within your family, your parents and other those out related to show a sense of aggressive behavior.

    00:38 And that’s their personality type.

    00:40 There is evidence to show that, that type of genetic predisposition has passed on.

    00:46 So that you are more likely to be of aggressive tendencies if that’s what runs in your family.

    00:51 So again, I’m not saying that’s the gene that makes you crazy and angry.

    00:54 I’m just saying that, if your parents are kind of mindset chances are you’re going to have that predisposition.

    01:00 Now, there is also Neurals.

    01:02 We know that certain brain regions associated with facilitating and inhibiting aggression.

    01:06 And the area of interest here that you should know for the MCAT would be the frontal lobe.

    01:11 So we know the frontal lobe helps mitigate in man which some of that behavior, some of that aggression.

    01:15 And so if you ever see deficiencies in that or there is damage, we can see that there’s increase direction.

    01:22 We also know biochemically, there’s different things that you could consumed that will impact certain transmitters in your brain which will lead to aggression.

    01:31 So we know things like alcohol for example. Actually disinhibits.

    01:35 And disinhibits some of the breaks that I like to, the analogy that uses the gas and the breaks.

    01:40 and that typically, we have the breaks on the areas of aggression.

    01:45 And so the average, normal person is not acting aggressively and violently.

    01:51 But then when you started drinking alcohol, we know disinhibits and pulls the breaks off and makes a little bit easier to become aggressive or show aggression.

    02:02 Now, the Frustration-aggression principles, pretty straightforward.

    02:05 And it states that’s really three points in this process. And one is that you start by being frustrated.

    02:10 That can lead to anger which eventually leads to aggression.

    02:14 So you see the transition of being frustrated about something.

    02:17 You get angry and then get really aggressive.

    02:19 And you know that the analogies or the situations that come into mind or a lot of times says sporting events.

    02:26 And you are at the match watching your favorite team.

    02:30 And you’re really frustrated about your play.

    02:31 Now, the reps on your side. And there’s been a lot of bad calls.

    02:35 The team is not playing. Extremely frustrated.

    02:37 Now, you layered under the fact that now they’re loosing. You getting quiet upset.

    02:41 You’re very angry because your team lose and is now under the playoffs.

    02:45 And all of the sudden, as you leaving the stadium, those fans of the opposing team might be chirping in your face.

    02:52 And now you’re primed. And so you’ve already gone on that process that you have your frustration, that you’re angry.

    02:57 That making that leap to aggression becomes much easier.

    03:00 If you’re already in that state of anger.

    03:02 Now, if you layer on the top of this while this supporting events have alcohol in the mix which I said to this inhibitor and make even easier to get aggress.

    03:10 Which I get a lot of time at these riots and thing go array.

    03:15 Now, let’s define some other primers on aggression. What is that word that we are talking about? Well, this is a behavior that is forceful, hostile, or attacking.

    03:25 And it’s not a dirty looks. To think sometimes, we have a different movie playing on our minds.

    03:30 Saying, oh I give her dirty looks, she knows that you know, I’m very upset.

    03:33 Or even the receiver that might say that dirty look, you’ve been very aggressive to me right now.

    03:36 So, it’s not to say, that’s not aggressive but we’re looking at something it’s a little bit more forceful or hostile.

    03:44 It’s considered something that is intended to cause harm or promote social dominance within a group.

    03:49 And in the past, it was used as a way to sort of dominate the situation in terms of getting a land or protecting your family.

    04:00 You’re keeping your dwelling like your cave or protecting your village.

    04:03 Now, things have sort of change. We really don’t have this scenario happening to us as often.

    04:09 And so we can have the situations like the workplace environment where you’re trying to instead protect your cave, you’re trying to protect your stands.

    04:17 And you might disagree with somebody’s point of view.

    04:20 and that can escalate into frustration, anger and aggression.

    04:23 Sport were you know part of the aspects of sport are aggression in fighting things like boxing, hockey, football.

    04:31 Again, things can escalate quite quickly and that’s almost part of the package of sport.

    04:36 And then we have war which really hangs a lot of unfortunate is on aggression.

    04:40 You try your negotiations and your peacekeeping but that can quickly turn into actual acts of war which will be aggression.

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    The lecture Aggression – Social Behavior (PSY) by Tarry Ahuja, MD is from the course Social Interactions.

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