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Suppressed aggression: Psychologist's insights into common behavioral patterns

Suppressed aggression: Psychologist's insights into common behavioral patterns Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Fear can be caused by different factors or circumstances. It, along with constant internal tension, logically gives rise to aggression. To understand that a person exhibits suppressed aggression, it is enough to carefully analyze their behavior, according to psychologist Iryna Kulik.

Shyness and restraint

Such individuals often restrain their feelings and emotions, feeling fear or shame to express them openly.

Passivity in conflicts

Instead of directly expressing their needs or disagreement, people with suppressed aggression may use passive methods such as isolation, silent protest, or indirect hints.

Indirect aggression

People may exhibit aggression through criticism, remarks, or contempt. They try to avoid conflict but express their dissatisfaction in other ways.

Lack of open communication

Individuals with this condition may avoid discussing conflict situations or expressing their thoughts and feelings to avoid confrontation.

Internal conflicts

Psychologists say they may feel internal stress or tension due to the inability to express their aggression openly.

It's essential to note that these signs may not be uniformly expressed in all individuals with suppressed aggression. Sometimes these signs may be less noticeable or expressed differently depending on personality and the situation.

How to help someone behaving aggressively

It is important to understand that aggression undermines inner well-being and affects relationships with people around. Constant feelings of aggression can undermine health, even on a physical level.

In the case of open aggression, a few rules should be followed:

  • Withdraw to a secluded place.
  • Suggest the person release excess emotions and get rid of them through safe physical activities. It could be light physical exercise or stress-relief exercises with anti-stress toys.
  • Advise the person to consult a psychologist or psychotherapist because aggression doesn't arise out of nowhere; its cause needs to be identified and addressed.

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