instinct theory of aggression

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The theory that human aggression is an innate biological drive similar to sex and hunger. As such, it cannot be eliminated, but must be controlled, for the good of society. The theory is based on observations of non-human species in which aggression is used to maintain territory and fighting is necessary for survival. The theory supports the contentious notion that sport acts as a catharsis providing a safe and socially acceptable outlet for aggression. Compare frustration-aggression hypothesis, social-learning theory.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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