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This page is intended to help people to learn about the psychology of aggression. Feel free to contribute.

Aggression is a behavior aimed at harming others physically or psychologically. [1]


This section provides some examples of different types of aggression. Feel free to discuss each one further and also to create new examples. discussed further.


Aggression is not necessarily physical or direct. Bullying, for example, can take place not only in the playground (where it may be direct (overt) or indirect (covert, e.g., spreading rumours with an intent to negatively influence a person's social status), but also via electronic mediums, such as mobile phones and the internet.


Fighting is an aggressive way to exert power and influence.


Rioting usually involves aggressive, chaotic crowd behaviour directed towards authorities.


Mummified Rwanda genocide victims.
Foto Sascha Grabow
Mummified victims of the Rwandan Genocide (1994) at Murambi Technical School. Genocide is an example of violent interpersonal aggression undertaken collectively by human ethnic and/or cultural groups in an effort to systematically kill members of other ethnic/cultural groups.

Social learningEdit

According to Social Learning Theory, aggression is learned, as are other social behaviours.

Street fightEdit

A fight is an example of interpersonal aggression. This face-to-face verbal and physical fight took place between some human beings on a street in Beijing, China, August 18, 2007, and attracted several onlookers, including a passer-by with a camera. You can see some more photos of this incident on


War involves persistent, intentional, collective aggression between groups, such as nations, who attempt to exert power and influence through use of military weaponry, but often also via political, economic, and social strategies.


  1. "Aggression". APA Dictionary of Psychology. Retrieved August 8, 2020.

See alsoEdit

  Search for Aggression on Wikipedia.

External linksEdit

Girard's mimetic/scapegoating model of community violenceEdit