Monday, May 5, 2014

Aggression in Sports

This article discusses the dynamics of aggressive athletes and the environments that can promote or reduce athletic aggression. Murray Griffin, an psychology educator at Goldsmiths College and the University of London, asserts that aggression is not actually a needed emotion for improved athletic performance. I found this perspective interesting given the cultural praise and expectation of aggression in almost all professional athletes. Griffin notes that, while sports fields aren't the breeding grounds for aggression, the nature of any athletic endeavor doesn't exactly reduce the chance of athletes tapping into the sometimes destructive emotion.

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