What is frustration aggression theory?

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Frustration always leads to aggression and aggression is always caused by frustration. Source:
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"Aggression is defined as an action with the intent to harm, and can be physical and non-physical (Baron, & Richardson, 1994). There are many areas where aggression manifests in our society today, such as domestic violence, abuse, school bullying, road-rage, and war. Many social scientists look to theories to explain this phenomenon. Amongst the many different explanations, some say frustration, which is defined as the blocking of ongoing goal-directed behavior, often leads to aggression (1994). Two main paradigms, Dollard’s Frustration-Aggression Theory and Berkowitz’s Cognitive Neoassociation Model, both illustrate how one may become aggressive through frustration. Both models have been changed and challenged, however, evidence suggests there are four mediating factors which influences frustration, nonetheless can often be the antecedent to aggression (Baron, & Richardson, 1994). The four mediating factors are, Magnitude of Frustration, Aggressive Cues, Arbitrariness of Frustration, and Cognitive and Emotional Processes. I will be focusing on specific literature that illustrates the four social mediating factors of frustration, how they may lead to aggressive behaviors, and then applying them to real world situations. "
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