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Aggression is a behavioral characteristic that refers to forceful actions or procedures such a deliberate attack with intentions to dominate or master It tends to be hostile injurious or destructive and is often motivated by frustration The Merriam-Webster Dictionary 1995 For an individual aggressive behavior is considered understandable and normal under appropriate circumstances but when it is frequent intense lasting and pervasive it is more likely to be a symptom of a mental disorder Likewise aggression between groups can be in the form of healthy competition but can become harmful when unfair or unjust disadvantage or frustration is perceived leading to hostility Brown 1986 Psychopathy is a mental disorder that is characterized by egocentricism impulsivity irresponsibility shallow emotions and lack of empathy guilt or remorse Pathological lying manipulativeness and persistent violation of social norms and expectations are also typical of psychopathic behavior Hare 1996 This selfishness manipulativeness and continual social deviance are often displayed by aggressive behavior that is psychopathological due to its connection with psychopathy As a manifestation of the disorder itself the factors that cause psychopathy result in its aggressive behavior Hare 1996 theorized that psychopathy may be related to cerebral dysfunction reflecting structural or functional abnormalities in the brain mechanisms and circuitryresponsible for the coordination of cognitive and affective processes Intrator et al 1995 Damage to the medial temporal cortex amygdala and particularly of the orbitoventromedial frontal cortex has been correlated with dissociation of the logicalcognitive and affective components of thoughtDamasio Grabowinski Frank Galaburda Damasio 1994 or even what Damasio Tranel and Damasio 1987 refer to as acquired sociopathy Hare 1996 pp 46 Likewise Oltmanns Neale Davison 1991 indicate that there is evidence of a genetically inheritable predisposition for psychopathy possibly involving the autonomic nervous system which is connected to emotion This idea is based on studying psychopaths particular adeptness at ignoring stimuli Research has also supported the theory that psychopaths fail to appreciate the emotional significance of an event
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