Analysis Of The Frustration-Aggression Cues Theory

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Social psychology is defined as the scientific study of how individuals relate, think, connect, and reflect on one another (Gilovich et al, 2016, p. 5). The goals of a social scientist are simple; find out why people do what they do. Social psychologists are curious about finding out why people function, and how they behave in different types of everyday situations and settings.
Different situations bring out various reactions and behaviors in people. Some settings may bring forth a person to act with joy and excitement other settings may bring a person to act out in anger and violence. For example when most individuals are faced with outrage they respond with violence physically, verbally, and sometimes emotionally, better known as aggression.
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The Frustration-Aggression theory claims that an individual acts in aggression if there is an obstacle added into the way of their goal or end point. This theory also claims two major factors, the first factor is “aggression is always a product of frustration” and secondly “frustration always leads to aggression” (cited from lecture 11). These two elements make it so that there is a precisely accurate relationship between frustration and aggression (cited from lecture 11).
In 1968 Leonard Berkowitz proposed the Aggression Cues Theory. The Aggression Cues theory claims if there is no cue to provoke the behavior of aggression then the frustration dwindles away. The Aggression Cues Theory also adds a perfect relationship between frustration and anger is too rigid and therefore, a need for a cue is needed in order for aggression to generate from an individual (cited from lecture
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The Social Learning Theory proposes behaviors are learned, an individual may react with aggression, anger and frustration not because there was a cue to act in anger (Aggression cues theory) or because there was a hurdle on the way to their goal (Frustration-Aggression theory) but because the person learned to be aggressive when frustrated. In the road rage incident when the male passenger shook his finger at the negligent driver, the finger could have frustrated the driver causing aggression to build and take

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