Tag Archive for Aggression


At the core of most acts of violence, whether unprovoked or in retaliation to a perceived slight, is the emotion of aggression. In psychology, aggression is described as behaviour that can cause physical or psychological harm to the self, others or the environment. Unlike assertiveness, the verbal expression of thoughts and feelings while respecting others’ viewpoints and boundaries, aggression is invasive, forceful, attacking behaviour. Gross defines aggression as: ‘The intentional infliction of some form of harm on others’.

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Passive aggressive behavior

Passive aggressive behavior is a personality disorder by way of a person acting in an aggressive manner alternating with a non-aggressive, passive, indirect manner. There are numerous personality traits which can hide passive aggressive behavior, stubborness, sarcasm, failing to face responsibility for their actions and purporting blame to other people for their own misdemeanours.

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