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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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Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.

Margaret Mead

We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression.

Burrhus Frederic Skinner

Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

Martin Luther King, Jr

This volume – Aggression as a Challenge: Theory and Research. Current Problems – edited by Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka introduces the reader to the complex theme of aggression.

As stressed by the editors, aggression is a huge umbrella under which constructs of mind, types of behaviour, particular experiences and emotional states, specific kinds of social interactions or even historical and political categories regarded as non-standard events (social movements, wars, angry social protests etc.) have been included. Such broad and sometimes imprecise notions always make it very important to re-visit and to re-formulate issues concerning aggression, as demonstrated not only by this new book, but also by the extension and variety of the existing international literature, most of which was quoted in the references in this volume. I agree...

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