Politicized Social Science and Human Natures Disagreeable Aspects: AnExample from the Anti-Catharsis Aggression Research
Vladimir J Konecni*
Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Vladimir J Konecni
Department of Psychology University
of California, San Diego, USA
E-mail: [email protected] ucsd.edu.
Received Date: November 02, 2015; Accepted Date: November 08, 2015; Published Date: November 09, 2015
Citation: Konecni VJ (2015) Politicized Social Science and Human Nature’s Disagreeable Aspects: An Example from the Anti-Catharsis Aggression Research. Social Crimonol 3:e106. doi:10.4172/2375-4435.1000e106
Copyright: © 2015 Konecni VJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The background and pitfalls of the original catharsis hypothesis with regard to human aggressive behavior are first presented, which is followed by an account of the research on the reformulated “cathartic effect” by V. J. KoneÄÂ┬Źni and the development of his Anger-Aggression Bidirectional-Causation theoretical model (AABC). After analyzing the key findings and applications of this model, the article comments on the anti-catharsis studies by B. J. Bushman, which were carried out twenty five years later and published from the standpoint of neglect, or lack of awareness, of prior work. Such eyebrow-raising attitude to scholarship is discussed in terms of its broad socio-cultural and political backdrop – a Zeitgeist of antagonism to research that does not support a blanket “aggression breeds aggression” view and is too preoccupied with politicized quasi-sociological preferences to bother with the subtle findings and provisos of the AABC model.