Aggressive personality: 5 characteristics that define it
These are the characteristics of the aggressive personality embodied in personal relationships.
Aggressive personality is one of the psychological aspects that most influence the social life of many people.
This predisposition tends to overshadow many other elements of the personality of those who possess it, making them take a back seat, and by itself is capable of damaging forever friendships, business opportunities, etc. Moreover, in the most extreme cases, it implies danger for those who are usually around the aggressive person.
For all these reasons it is important to know well the characteristics of the aggressive personalityIn this article you will find a summary of these.
What is the aggressive personality?
Aggressive personality can be defined in a summarized way as the set of psychological predispositions that makes certain people tend to adopt a hostile attitude or to attack others with relative ease.. These attacks can be physical or psychological, compromising the well-being of another person or even making him or her feel threatened.
On the other hand, aggressiveness does not usually depend on medium- to long-term goals that go beyond the fact of wanting to harm a person. Thus, this is a personality trait that is expressed mainly in social relationships, and has to do with anger management. However, in some exceptional cases, certain individuals behave aggressively without actually having anything "personal" against the victim, and attack the victim only for instrumental purposes linked to a goal of another kind: to steal, to coerce someone, etc.
On the other hand, it must be taken into account that personality traits, although they tend to remain relatively stable over time, can change, either because we strive to change or spontaneously and unintentionally.We should also keep in mind that personality traits, although they tend to remain relatively stable over time, can change, either because we make an effort to change or spontaneously and unintentionally. And in fact, those aspects of personality that are so extreme that they cause problems and discomfort in a person's day-to-day life can be addressed and corrected by seeking psychological therapy.
Typical characteristics of aggressive personality.
These are the main characteristics that help to recognize an aggressive personality type.
1. Problems arise in controlling aggressive impulses.
As a general rule, those who present aggressive personality have problems in controlling their aggressive impulses, and many times they attack others even if it harms them directly.. This makes it difficult for them to carry out long-term projects that involve collaboration with other people.
2. The person takes advantage of his or her reputation as a threatening individual.
The aggressive personality is also present when a direct aggression is not carried out, but sometimes takes the form of threats. sometimes takes the form of threats.
For example, this allows them to blackmail people by insinuating that if something is not done as he or she wants, he or she will get angry in front of everyone creating a scene, and as there is reason to believe that he or she will keep his or her word, the rest will bow to his or her interests.
3. They carry badly not having a leadership role
Aggressive personality is very much related by frustration to situations in which one is not in control or things go against one's expectations. or things go the opposite way than expected. For this reason, this psychological predisposition usually causes problems when accepting subordinate roles in companies, group work, etc.
4. There is a predisposition to start fights
Of course, aggressive people fall into the dynamic of provocation and starting fights relatively easily.. In addition, any situation in which there is ambiguity or they do not know what their interlocutor has wanted to express, makes them assume that they are provoking, generating fights due to misunderstandings.
5. Discomfort appears due to regret
Although some aggressive people do not regret their attacks on others (especially those who fall on the psychopathy spectrum), most fall into these behaviors so often that they accumulate reasons to feel bad about their actions and attitudes. they accumulate reasons to feel bad about their actions and attitudes.. However, that doesn't mean they are always apologetic.
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(Updated at Mar 28 / 2023)