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Alfredo Lorenzi Violent Behavior Psychology

Alfredo Lorenzi Violent Behavior Psychology

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A coincise but comprehensive introduction to Violent Behavior Psychology, now in english.
A coincise but comprehensive introduction to Violent Behavior Psychology, now in english.

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  Alfredo Lorenzi An Introduction to Violent Behavior psychology:Description, Assessment and Prevention
Pubblished for: Violent Behavior and Prevention Research Center – VBRC
 Associazione Studio e Ricerca Comportamenti Violenti - CRCV- Italy 2004 - Creative Commons Attribute 3.0 License
In this book I tried to treat violent matter within a prevalent approach based on behavior psychology and biology, with a look at other paradigms. A particularly attention was given to description of the violence in different sets and environments,searching to include most relevant and reliable studies. Another goal was to delineate aspread introduction to most effective prevention projects, so I introduced anddiscussed a large number of different strategies and prevention projects, so Iintroduced and discussed a large number of different strategies and preventionprojects.In conclusion, this work should be a concise but comprehensive introduction to thiscomplex matter, for which there are many books but often treating more specificaspects.This book is under Creative Commons, so you may shared it and use for noncommercial purpose, giving citations to author. That’s all.If you want to communicate with me, you can mail to:albertolo502@gmail.com  Alfredo Paul LorenziMaster degree in Biology and Psychology Former researcher at Biosincr - Basilea Visiting res. at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Ca.
Chapter one - Aggression and Violence
1.1 Aggression, violence and social modulation.
Within ethological theory Konrad Lorenz’s intraspecific aggression is based onobservational methodology implemented in natural settings, built on the concept of instinct and motor components that express the different impulses that find expressionin behavior. The term instinct, in German, is used to denote an internal state agencyand Lorenz uses it to denote the energy component of instinct, setting out:neurophysiological organization that translates into a series of complex behavioralpatterns. A definition without anything purely quantitative, that is mystical andintangible assets on the contrary had characterized the earlier ones. Even the conceptof energy is typically neurophysiological, referring to a series of alternating states of arousal of CNS. Lorenz identified four main drives: hunger, sex, aggression and flightinstinct, selected during evolution and placed at the base of relevant physiologicalfunctions, the result of more partial drives, or more than a drive which, actingsimultaneously,determine motivated behavior. Motivational analysis is the method usedby Lorenz to explain the behavior and is divided into three phases: knowing thecontent of revenue input, breakdown of motor behavior in separate modules and thenanalysis of individual modules. To attribute a functional significance to the behavior,Lorenz took a path that links the interpretative analysis of the antecedents andconsequent movements: starting from a context, he considers the relationships thatare forming between individuals and the environment, analyzing the terms andinstinctive forms of movement and linking with the final situation.Motivational analysis is a method that put also the ethological basis for theobservation of human behavior in natural settings, on the assumption that eachindividual acts on the drive of instincts variously combined, provided we understandthe derivatives of the basic instincts. For example, hunger is not limited to the mereobtaining of food, but deals with the accumulation of wealth and everything thatstands with these objectives.Sex is not only reproduction but combined with other components and encounteringcultural aspects, assumes complex and multifaceted meanings and values, as we think of the value of virginity or use mercenary sexual function, only to make two simpleexamples. Intraspecific aggression considered by Lorenz, therefore, serves a usefulfunction for survival, allowing a better individual fitness. The critical aspect of theexposure of Lorenz is the attempt to explain human aggression and destructivenesswith the loss of inhibitory mechanisms commonly observed in nature, assuming a lowerthreshold trigger in relation to environmental conditions of constraint.

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