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The Psychology of Aggression


reviewed by Allen E. Bergin 1963

coverTitle: The Psychology of Aggression
Author(s): A. H. Buss
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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The theme of this book is research! Definition, methodology, and measurement are the crux of a rigorously stated, behaviorally-oriented analysis of aggression which covers the historical and conceptual range from the frustration-aggression dictum to projective scaling of hostile fantasy. It would be only a slight distortion to re-label this volume A Handbook of Aggression Research. The chapters on dynamic theories and on psychopathology pay a small tribute toward the cookbook for practitioners which the title readily leads one to expect, but the serious professional will be disappointed by a simplified, dull, and uncritical treatment not at all characteristic of the remainder of the work. While the author's S-R bias is explicit, this does not hinder him from excising the chaff from the varied and often presumed classical grams contributed by the Yale group on the subject. His definitional distinctions among aggression as an instrumental act, anger as an effective reaction, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 7, 1963, p. 617-617
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2921, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 1:40:06 AM

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