Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Vitale, J. E. 2010. Aggression. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The most widely accepted definitions of aggression define it as behavior that is intended to injure another individual, physically or psychologically. Within this definition, a number of important subtypes are identified. First, a distinction is made between hostile or reactive aggression, which is aggression arising from feelings of anger or hostility, and instrumental aggression, which is aggression that arises in service of goal attainment (e.g., armed robbery).
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