Many of us often encounter anger, aggression and anger towards them. As a result, conflicts and aggressive behavior are increasingly occurring between people. Worse yet, parents often show aggression towards their children. Thus, they try to manipulate and control them.
Facing aggression can be extremely frustrating. Therefore, many civil society organizations and various companies recognize that their employees should not be subjected to violence or aggression from their clients. They make it clear that they will not tolerate aggression towards their personnel. So if your job is to communicate with people, then make sure your organization has rules and policies to deal with aggression, and never be afraid to put it into practice.
In fact, anyone should be able to control themselves, and should not show anger and anger towards other people. Because aggressive behavior will only exacerbate the situation and complicate the solution to the problem. We have prepared an article that will present tips for managing aggression, as well as consider the types and types of aggression.
Types of aggressive behavior
Behaviors that can be considered aggressive include:
- Personal insults and name-calling;
- Racial or sexual comments;
- Verbal threats;
- Threatening gestures;
- Abusive phone calls, letters, or online messages;
Active and passive aggression
Aggressive behavior can manifest itself in a variety of ways. But its forms usually fall into two categories: active and passive. Both forms are hostile. Active aggression is not difficult to detect, it is expressed openly and often quite loudly, and in extreme cases, violently. Active aggression is an attempt to maintain self-esteem at the expense of someone else. Even very gentle and calm people, when threatened, can become actively aggressive.
Such people are prone to loud conversations, conflicts with family members, at work, and even in churches. They tend to waste a lot of hostile energy on petty issues, and the slightest disagreement leads to ferocity and anger on their part. These feelings are often rooted in a deep sense of insecurity.
Passive aggression is an attempt to control or hurt another person while avoiding open conflict. It can be as destructive as active, and often even more destructive. At the same time, it is much more difficult to deal with passive aggressors.
How to recognize aggression
There are a number of signs that someone may be more aggressive. These include both physical and behavioral changes. These signs include:
- Clenched teeth / jaws;
- Muscle tension;
- Raised tone of voice;
- Flushed face;
- Rapid breathing
- Loud speech or shouting;
- Swearing / verbal abuse;
- Clenched fists;
Why do people get aggressive?
People can experience a range of physical and emotional sensations when they become angry, such as dry mouth, rapid heart rate, and rapid breathing. These are the results of the release of adrenaline into the body (the hormone of fight, fear and flight). Adrenaline can be helpful in certain situations. For example, if you run into a saber-toothed tiger, then adrenaline will definitely help you prepare your body for flight. However, it is less useful when you run into someone who is saying something unpleasant to you.
The exact reasons for aggressive behavior will vary greatly from person to person, and a lot will depend on the situation. However, there are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood of aggression, these include the fact that a person:
- More aggressive by nature;
- Benefited from previous violent behavior
- Believes that his goals will be more quickly achieved through aggressive behavior;
- Feels threatened or powerless;
- Experiencing physical pain;
- Is in a state of physiological excitement. This arousal can be triggered by exercise, stress, previous argument, and many other things;
- A person often observes the aggressive behavior of others;
- Is under pressure from friends or peers;
- It is often justified.
Many people simply become aggressive because they feel uncomfortable. This could be because they are in an unfamiliar place or in an unfamiliar situation and are worried about what might happen. Most people don’t want to get angry and aggressive. Certain circumstances lead to this.
How to deal with aggression
To develop an understanding of aggressive behavior, it is important for people to become aware of their own feelings. And also how they react to aggression. Both within oneself and on the part of others. Listening to and communicating with people as people can help reduce aggression.
If you are going to deal with aggression effectively, it is important that you understand and manage your own emotional decisions. You also need to know what behavior or person is making you angry and exhibiting negative behavior. You need to avoid these situations and learn to control your emotions.
Also, the following simple tools, such as deep breathing, can help curb hostile feelings. Some of the techniques you can practice on a daily basis. Or you will use them automatically when you are in a tense situation.
A few tips to deal with aggression
- Start breathing deeply. Correct breathing in many cases helps to cope with aggression.
- Laughter and a positive mood can also help fight negative thoughts. You can think of a funny situation or a funny anecdote. And in general, try to maintain a positive attitude towards life and towards other people at all times.
- To “curb” aggressive behavior, slowly repeat soothing words or phrases such as “relax” and “calm down”. Repeat them while breathing deeply.
- Visualize relaxation and tranquility.
- Relaxing, yoga-like exercises can help relax your muscles and make you feel much calmer.
- If you and your romantic partner are prone to fights when you discuss your problems after work in the evening, you may just be tired and need to rest. Try to move the time to discuss important issues in the morning or over the weekend.
- In the event that you understand that you cannot cope with your emotions. Then try to switch to something else, or just get away from this situation. It will be much better if you just go and walk in the park, near the sea, or sit in a quiet and cozy place.
- Try not to shout and speak in a low voice if there is a conflict between you and another person, or you are quarreling with someone.
- Play sports and exercise more often, so all your negativity will find another way out. The key point is that you don’t need to build up all of these negative feelings. As a result, through sports and physical activity, anger and aggression will find a more correct way out.