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Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis

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.

Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from