This article will discuss why so many people today are prone to aggression, and it also will discuss some of the triggers that can set off their aggressions.
Today, our country is going through the worst economic recession since the Great Depression that struck before WWII. People are losing their jobs, health care coverage, homes, cars, and even sometimes their marriages due to the current economic recession. Those who have kept their jobs often are overworked and worried that they might lose their jobs.
This economic recession has caused anxiety and stress that often motivates people to abuse alcohol. This abuse, in turn, also increases the chances that such people might become aggressive.
All of this stress, anxiety, and alcohol abuse can make people more likely to become aggressive, and even minor events can trigger their aggressions. One example could be a dispute over a parking spot.
Another example of the results of stress and anxiety could be road rage brought on partly by inconsiderate or dangerous driving. Suddenly cutting into another driver’s lane without signaling, for example, as well as angrily blaring a car horn, or exhibiting a middle finger all could spark aggression.
Other triggers for aggression can be the differences between people. Examples of such differences might include:
- Workforce generations.
- Political ideology.
- Sexual preference.
The TV series, “The Office,” portrays many of the conflicts that occur because of such differences between people. Outside of the workplace, however, and among people who might never see one another again, such conflicts are likely to be less controlled than they are among office workers who have more to benefit by getting along with one another.
When aggression flares, the consequences can be serious and long lasting. Temporary or permanent injuries, arrests, and lawsuits are examples of these consequences. It is much more logical, for example, to give up the disputed parking spot and to look for another one. Let someone else be the one who gives the parking spot thief an attitude adjustment.
Feelings about differences between “us” and “them” are best addressed without violence. Examples of peaceful efforts to promote individual values can include political activism and financial donations to organizations sympathetic to individuals’ values.
One of the best ways to avoid triggering aggression is to memorize Proverbs 12:16 which says:
“A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult.”
How would you avoid triggering aggression? Please comment below.