Chronic aggression
Health & Wellness

What is Chronic Aggression?

Chronic aggressiveness is a state of human behavior which predisposes humans to believe that the world is a hostile, intimidating, and threatening entity. Unless it is controlled in time, the consequences can be devastating, with loss of life on account of physical or mental harm.

Aggression lies within every person and can spring out without warning. It can quickly demoralize an individual, generate feelings of anxiety or fear in others and even damage the environment around it.

Types of Chronic Aggression.

Impulsive Aggression 

Impulsiveness or reactive aggressiveness is quick-tempered and often involves an immediate reaction to changes in your environment. During circumstances where the threat response system activates (which include displays of anger), the amygdala, hypothalamus, and periaqueductal gray will trigger a physical reaction that increases your heart rate and blood pressure.

It’s normal to get frustrated with the actions of others. Take road rage, for instance: when a driver cuts you off, it’s natural to want to yell, honk your horn or flash your lights at them. But these are all examples of impulsiveness — simply reactions to insulting stimuli that have the potential to make the situation worse.

Instrumental aggressiveness 

Instrumental aggressiveness is a type of malice that is planned and deliberate. The reaction is meant to achieve a goal, such as controlling another person’s behavior or getting them to do something they otherwise wouldn’t. Predatory aggressiveness may be more carefully planned than impulsiveness, usually due to anger or frustration.

An example is bullying. The aggressor’s goal is to intimidate and harm another individual.

Signs of  chronic aggression 

Being aggressive is not just about physical abuse. It is any behavior intended to harm someone who doesn’t want to be hurt and includes forcing people to do things they don’t want to do. When an individual is aggressive,  they exhibit the following behaviors: 

*Physical violence is defined as any action that leads to bodily harm or unwanted touching. This can be in the form of punching, hitting, beating, burning, stabbing, throwing, kicking, or choking someone else. But it can also include damaging property.

*Verbal outbursts take many forms. It can range from isolated cases of loud or angry outbursts to a persistent pattern of behavior where one individual constantly tells another that s/he is stupid, worthless, or crazy

*Relational aggressiveness is a form of bullying in which the victim is attacked through their relationships with others. By interfering with social groups or spreading rumors about them, the perpetrator isolates them from their friends and family. This doesn’t require physical contact like traditional bullying — it can be harder to detect and more complex to deal with.

*Passive-aggressive behavior is a way to express displeasure in a socially acceptable manner. Most of the time, it encompasses behavioral patterns that are indirect, subtle, or concealed. 

A passive-aggressive person displays hostility, but instead of acting openly, they express frustration by behaving in a sullen, hostile, and impolite way.

Final word 

Being aggressive can lead to getting into a fight or harming yourself or others, but a simple solution may exist: talk to someone about it. Talking to other people about how you’re feeling — including your friends and family, a mental health professional, or your employer — is the simplest way to manage chronic aggression.

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