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How goal-fulfillment decreases aggression

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Denzler, Markus; Förster, Jens; Liberman, Nira

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Abstract "We suggest that the goal to aggress increases accessibility of aggressive thoughts, and that after goal-fulfillment, accessibility of aggressive content is reduced. Experiment 1 showed an increase in accessibility of aggression after imagining an aggression-eliciting situation compared to non-aggressive content. After goal-fulfillment the accessibility of aggression was reduced, regardless of whether fulfillment was achieved by imagining physical or symbolic revenge. Experiment 2 showed similar effects for a non-aggressive conflict-resolution and, in addition, demonstrated a post-fulfillment reduction in actual aggressive behavior. Experiment 3 demonstrated that aggressive acts that do not constitute goal-fulfillment instead increase accessibility of aggression. Relations between our model and previous views on catharsis of aggression are discussed." [author's abstract]
Keywords aggression
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords Accessibility; Goal-fulfillment; Priming; Catharsis
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 90-100
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2008) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2008.08.021
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)