Human Aggression: A Reflection
Almost every time we switch on our TV sets to watch the evening news about our country it has become a norm that we can expect news about crimes committed by our fellowmen. From crimes like theft and oral defamations to gang riots and cases like murder, there are numerous crimes that happened because of problems with our behavior. There are different factors that can influence us to commit such kind of behaviors. Such crimes may be caused by intoxication, drug abuse, mental problems suffered by an individual. ...view middle of the document...
Based on our discussion, we have talked about the Domain Specific Theories of Aggression. I strongly agree with the Social Learning Theory suggesting that individuals acquire aggressive behavior because of either direct experience or by observing others. Simply put, this theory asserts that aggressive behaviors are attained through observational learning processes.
In the mainstream Filipino culture, we can usually hear sayings such as “Ang lahat ay tama sa mga mata ng mga bata.” Children who are exposed to a life where violence is a common sight, the tendency for them to develop a similar kind of behavior is very likely. It is very common for children who have experienced aggressive behavior to pass on their experiences to other individuals. Upon observation, they may see an action as something good if the adult does it most of the time. As a result they imitate these actions until the time they grow older just in case this will not be checked.
Another point to look into is the prevalent cases of bullying in schools. There are researches proving that victims of bullying in schools can be bullies themselves in other situations. They may do the bullying practices they have experienced either to their younger siblings or students belonging to a different year/grade level, usually the lower level.