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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. KoneÃÂni 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.
Social science, Social psychology, Sociology, Aggression, Catharsis, Cathartic effect, KoneÄniâs AABC model, Bushmanâs anticatharsis articles,Social science practice, Child and Family Protection, Community Based Corrections, Conflict Resolution, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Developmental Theories of Crime, Environmental Sociology, Organized Crime,Racial Discrimination, Restorative Justice, Sex Offending,Social Movements, Social Policy, Sociology, Women and Crime, Women Harassment, Analytical Sociology, Popular culture, Secondary socialisation, Economics, Social and global media