alexa Chewing on it can chew you up: effects of rumination on triggered displaced aggression.
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Author(s): Bushman BJ, Bonacci AM, Pedersen WC, Vasquez EA, Miller N

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Abstract Ruminating about a provocation increases the likelihood of displaced aggression following a minor annoyance (trigger). In Study 1, provoked participants who ruminated for 25 min were more aggressive toward a fumbling confederate than were distracted participants. Provocation-induced negative affect was positively related to aggression but only among those who ruminated. Study 2 conceptually replicated Study 1 and also found that the more negatively people reacted to the trigger, the more likely the trigger was to increase displaced aggression. Study 3 replicated the findings of Studies 1 and 2 by using an 8-hr rumination period. All 3 studies suggest that ruminating about a provocation increases the likelihood that a minor triggering annoyance will increase displaced aggression. This article was published in J Pers Soc Psychol and referenced in Sociology and Criminology-Open Access

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