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Aggression as a Challenge

Theory and research- Current Problems

Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka

We live in a world of phenomena created by the human mind and by human experience, namely conflict, aggression, aggressiveness and violence. These phenomena are viewed as constructs of the mind, types of behaviour, particular experiences and emotional states, specific social interactions or even historical and political categories such as social movements, wars, angry social protests etc. The study explores the notions of aggression and violence and from an individual and a social perspective analyses their determinants in various environments in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It is an attempt to join the global discussion on reaction conditions and key points that are connected with the risk of pathologization of the personality and its behaviour.
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Stages and Paths of Aggression Development – Knowledge that Awaits being Uncovered


Stages and paths of aggression development – knowledge that awaits being uncovered

We live in times when science is capable of recognising the human genotype based on fragments of tissue. They are able to determine their properties, tendencies, or even future appearance and health. The source of this knowledge can mainly by sought in the natural sciences. On the grounds of their discoveries, particularly those concerning the genetic code, we are able to almost precisely predict changes of an individual’s appearance, their lifestyle (e.g., diet), patterns of behaviour in various situations and even significant lifetime choices such as choosing a partner (see Walesa, 1988). Therefore, it is worthwhile to consider whether there is anything yet to be discovered, anything that is worthwhile or necessary to be examined. Moreover, what is the role of the social sciences, particularly psychology, in these studies?

The history of scientific discoveries in the field of psychology is packed with “censored” knowledge, available only for chosen individuals. A good example may be the studies of Ernst Kretschmer concerning the structure of the human body or the typology of the temperament types which he associated with a risk of specific mental illnesses (1922). In his work entitled “The Psychology of Men of Genius,” the author combined the knowledge of the constitutional system of the body with the intellect and the potential of an individual (1929). Similarly, another prominent psychologist, Hans Eysenck (1990), the creator of the modern concept of personality and the...

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