“Our instincts as human beings are often wrong,” Dr. Anderson, a psychologist who is a senior director at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, said. “We tend to be negative behavior detectors.”
When two siblings are playing quietly together, he said, “most parents are thinking, don’t jinx it, or let me go do something on my to-do list.” But when there is conflict, parents respond with anger and threats and punishment. Those ways of responding to the negative behaviors, he said, are unlikely to work — with small children, with adolescents or with adults. “We don’t tell partners to yell at partners as part of couples therapy; we don’t tell bosses to yell at employees for better productivity.”
Extracted from The New York Times (8 April 2019). Dealing with aggression in children. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/08/well/family/dea…
Examine the relevance of psychological theories of aggression to Dr. Anderson’s opinion in this extract. Support your discussion with relevant empirical research.
concepts in relation to the quoted opinion provided and draw possible linkages between
its content and relevant theoretical ideas in this area.
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