Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis

Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis

Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis

Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis

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This book is concerned with why man aggresses. There are several reasons for addressing this issue, despite the great deal of attention that has already been devoted to it. Although aggression pervades our lives, few concerted efforts have been made to substantiate its causes or to devise constructive ways of reducing the level of societal violence. Man's technological capacity for massive destruction has now developed to the point where he can no longer continue to settle conflicts by destructive means. In addition to the threats posed to survival, violence increasingly encroaches on daily human affairs to impair the quality of life. These developments make it all the more necessary to understand the determinants of injurious conduct.

Theories of human behavior have been undergoing drastic change in the last decade. Interest in traditional approaches that depict behavior as either instinctively determined or impelled by drive forces declined as their deficiencies became apparent. New perspectives based on social learning principles have emerged that substantially advance understand-

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