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Published by: ypyee on Jul 07, 2013
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are a few deviant people who wish to be violent, either because it is part of their criminal activity or what they

find enjoyable. I will consider them in my discussion of violence in chapter 6.) Can any of us be pushed to the point where we totally lose control, act destructively, and in that sense have no choice over what we say or do? Does everyone have a breaking point? Could any of us commit murder, and the fact that we haven't is simply because we haven't been sufficiently provoked? I believe the answer to these questions is no, but there isn't scientific evidence to prove that to be so. (Can you imagine the experiment in which you attempt to drive a person to violence with ever-increasing provocations?) Most of us have acquired regulatory patterns that moderate our emotional behavior, setting some brake on what we say and do before it reaches the stage where we engage in extremely harmful behavior. We may do and say terrible things, but there is still a limit—we don't take our life or the life of another in an uncontrolled impulsive emotional peak. Even when enraged or terrified or anguished, we stop before becoming irreversibly destructive. We may not be able to keep the emotion off our faces or out of our voices, we may not be able to prevent ourselves from saying something cruel or kicking the chair (although that should be easier than inhibiting the facial or vocal signs of the emotion), but we can and do prevent that cruelty from growing into physical damage. I do recognize that there are people who have poor impulse control, but I view that as an aberration rather than the norm. Granting then that most of us will not reach the ultimate form of destructive actions, permanently harming others or ourselves, it is still true that most of us will occasionally say or do things that are harmful. The harm may be psychological rather than physical, and it may not be permanent, but our behavior is still hurtful. The harm may not be motivated by anger; it may not involve harm to others but to us. For example, uncontrolled fear can paralyze us from dealing with danger; sadness may cause us to withdraw from the world. The issue now for us to consider is how and when we can prevent destructive emotional episodes, whether the harm be to us or others or both.

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