Five steps to control aggressive behaviour

Huesmann and Guerra (1997) found that children who are aggressive at eight years of age are more likely to be aggressive in later years.

Those who are grown in families where domestic violence, abuse, psychological or mental stress is a common thing. Especially those children are more prone to aggressive behaviour. Child abuse is another important issue relevant to adult aggressive behaviour. In 2008, according to a report on child maltreatment (defined as an act or failure to act which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation), the rate of children who were subject to neglect or abuse was 1.03% (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2008). Of these children, 28.9% were victims of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2008).

Teenager to adults has a higher rate of showing aggression.

Several individual characteristics are common to violent offenders, including low self-esteem and poor frustration tolerance. ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ But we should know the reasons behind aggression.

The reason behind aggression

1.Substance abuse like consumption of alcohol, drugs or cocaine

2.Domestic violence at home

3.Sexual abuse


5.Excessive anger

6. Watching violence, theft, heinous crime on social media

7. Depression or low mood

8. Self-harm or suicidal thoughts

It’s essential to find the triggers that enforce aggression in people close to us or others. Research suggests that males are more aggressive than female. India’s hot climate also increases the aggression level among these people. They are not aliens nor outsiders. Negative triggers put a negative impact on their brain. Sometimes, aggression becomes a life-threatening illness that leads to dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder.

How to prevent or control aggression?


Human tend to judge people’s action as well as reaction. For example, Subhash is a person who gets violent at small things. Might be everyone in the family is afraid of his actions but no one thinks about him.

Why he gets annoyed on small acts?

What makes him feel so anxious?

We often think to make the distance from that person instead of understanding the cause. In this case, we should keep patience and listen to his problem.

‘ Never judge a book by its cover ‘. Likewise don’t pass statement without knowing a person in real.

Commenting, taunt or screaming at them make them feel worse.

2. Turn hate into love-

Your love of family and support can do wonders. Observation and listening is the key to help them from anger. We need to observe their actions to understand their trigger points. Medication should not be delayed if required. Listen to their deep-down problems when they open up. These people tend to suppress their emotions in the heart. We need to gain trust and let them feel secure at home. Love act as a panacea for a broken heart.

3. Provide a healthy environment

Living in a pessimist, the unhealthy environment also intensifies their sufferings. Parents living in a bad relationship tend to fight and scream a lot. This put a bad impact on the mind of the children as well as adults. These act as a trigger and make them weak. Don’t lay hands on sore feet.

Your dear ones who are in great trouble needs a sound mind. The pleasant place keeps a person’s mind active and energetic throughout the day.

4. Use positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement works on influencing the behaviour of a subject to act in a certain way. These include rewards, gifts or other benefits. For example, if you want a child to sit calm for an hour then you promise to give him lots of chocolate or a long drive. This kind of reinforcement is positive and harmless. Likewise, it’s applicable for a person who is juggling with aggression.

To be most effective, positive reinforcers must be earned. There must be a direct link between behaviour and the delivery of the rein­forcer. The best test of this is to ask the question, “What did the person have to do to earn the rein­forcer?” The critical word is to earn.

5. Stay away from hazardous substances

Aggressive behaviour is not a thing to take lightly. Aggressive behaviour may become the root cause of depression, fatigue, low or bad mood. And in worst cases, it becomes the reason for suicide. These people need urgent health checkup and safety. Knife, sharp objects or blade must be placed away from them. These people sometimes can harm themselves or others in aggression.

There is a thin line between anger and aggression. Anger shoots out with impulsive action against person, substance or a thing. But aggression is a behaviour that could explode violence and stay for a long time.


First, we need to understand the behaviour of a person. Episodes of aggression, violence demand immediate medical attention. People should remove the stigma calling it a ‘Madness’. Body and mind both compose to form human beings. Observe and try to remember their facial expressions, count episodes or situation of a person. Love and care cure the ailing mind.

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