Aggressive behaviour is any action or reaction, regardless of its degree or intensity, which involves provocation and attack. It is not limited to physical acts, it can be verbal insults and even nonverbal gestures and physical gestures.
Aggressiveness, like anxiety, is a normal human reaction to an external stimuli or situation which is necessary for survival. There are times when aggressiveness is exercised with violence. This is not only with physical actions such as fights and blows, it may also be exercised with words, gestures and any other action that generates fear, guilt, or shame in others. The tone of voice can be an expression of aggressiveness.
It is important to know how to handle and regulate aggressive responses. When a person does not have the ability to control their impulses and allows their aggressive reactions to appear indiscriminately, this may have a negative effect for themselves and those around them. The use of illicit substances, neurological or mental health conditions (depression or bipolar disorder) may exacerbate aggressive behaviour, and this can make understanding and addressing the aggressive behaviour more complex.
However there are different techniques in psychotherapy that can help you regulate your aggression and control your impulses. An aggressive behaviour is in most cases the product of a learning and therefore it is possible to re-learn healthier behaviour patterns.
Author: Janet Moreno, B Sc Psych (Hons), Grad Dip AOD, M HRM, Associate Member ASORC.
Janet Moreno is a psychotherapist and rehabilitation counsellor with over 11 years of experience. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, and sees children, adults and couples. Find out more at her website: www.colibritherapy.com.au.
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