Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis

By Renée Grinnell

The view that frustration, or failure to reach a certain desired goal due to circumstance, often leads to aggression, or behavior which intends harm.

Example: According to this hypothesis, after a football game fans of the losing team are more likely to feel aggressive and/or carry out aggressive actions than fans of the winning team.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 Jan 2009