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frustration-aggression hypothesisthe 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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