frustration-aggression hypothesis


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frustration-aggression hypothesis

the theory that frustration increases the likelihood of aggressive behaviour, and aggressive behaviour results from frustration. This involves a circular argument, and, in fact, original proponents of the theory also accepted aggression as an innate drive (see FREUD). A modified version of the theory takes account of the observation that not all aggressive behaviour involves frustration and not all frustration results in aggression – behaviour is also affected by situational factors and by SOCIALIZATION. Nevertheless, the link between frustration and aggression is still accepted.
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There is even a name for this - the frustration-aggression hypothesis.
According to the frustration-aggression hypothesis (Fox & Spector, 1999), negative feelings of distress and frustration resulting from FIW may increase employees' tendency to exhibit aggressive behaviors.
These chances for learning and opportunities for frustrating situations are consistent with the Revised Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis (Berkowitz, 1965).
According to the frustration-aggression hypothesis, Joe became angry because he was blocked from his goal--to be called on to answer questions.
It's the classic frustration-aggression hypothesis," says Dr.