CENSURE OF THE MODEL IN THE CONTAGION OF AGGRESSION.
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD
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Mood strongly differentiated the No Instigation treatment from all other groups, who showed pronounced negative mood shifts. Generally there were no differences among these latter groups. The exception was the factor of depression, which was greater for the E Censure group than for any other. Only in this condition were restraints against aggression reduced and then immediately reinstated before S had an opportunity to emit any behavior. If one has the practical aim of minimizing aggression within a group, he must remain aware of the fact that authoritarian censure of the person who expresses the dominant group feeling may result in a feeling of depression even more damaging than the free expression of aggression. Author