Aggression as a social problem is a well-documented phenomenon. Theorists of psychology have worked extensively upon aggression and its ramifications in general and its effects upon the society in particular. The effects that aggression has on the individual are also an important part of the study of aggression and this must be done in relation to the effects of social nurture upon the individual. The forces of the society often induce aggression in people and this may then lead to a chain reaction where aggression leads to aggression. This paper shall seek to provide an analysis of this phenomenon and provide a few causes for it.According to Kamal E. Morsy, aggression is often viewed in a negative way as a result of its anti-social nature. Aggression, he says, is of three kinds- “anti-social” (against the individual and the society), “pro-social” (warding off aggression against oneself and one’s country through aggression) and “sanctioned” (retaliation or revenge). An understanding of these three forms of aggression is necessary as they are inter-related. The first form of aggression in the list is often cited as the reason for the other two (Morsy, n.d.). This shows one how the different forms of aggression are related and lead teach other. Aggression thus leads to aggression. For instance, an act of aggression against oneself or one’s own country would lead to the development of an aggressive mentality. This would then be the seed from which aggressive actions can develop. These actions may be the result of a threat of aggression or retaliation against actual violence that is perpetrated. In the case of the latter, violence that may be perpetrated against oneself or against members of one’s own community may lead to further aggression. The process of the genesis of aggression is thus a complex process and not something that is based merely on bodily harm. Aggression is as much a mental process as it is a physical process and this increases the chances of it shaping itself into a chain reaction.
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