Aggression in the family is never good or desirable. It is always a disruption of normal family functioning and represents a threat to family life. What is aggression? How does it manifest? What can you do to solve the problem of aggression in the family?
WHAT IS AGGRESSION?
What is aggression in essence? It is a specific behavior designed to harm someone. Aggression can take many forms. Its use can lead to the breakdown of interpersonal relationships and violent acts. Violence is no longer just behavior – it is a debilitating process that continues to advance. The aggressor plays the role of tormentor and the victim cannot escape the role that has been forced upon them and is even more convinced that it must be this way and that nothing can be done about it. Often, it is the victims who feel a burning shame and guilt associated with their situation and do not want to talk about it with other people.
AGGRESSION IN THE FAMILY
Aggression in the family is a phenomenon that destroys human relationships and causes the breakdown of this basic social unit. Families with aggression problems may feel regret, bitterness, anger, and helplessness.
Aggression in the family can take various forms. It can be adults who constantly argue and fight at every step. When such behavior becomes the norm and conflicts are common in a family, the whole phenomenon can turn into violence. It can be verbal violence – humiliation, ridicule, ironic jabs at every step, undermining self-confidence, insults, or threats. It can also be physical violence – unfortunately, physical violence in families is still a common form of domestic violence. Violence can also take the form of emotional abuse. In this case, aggressive behavior is manifested by using the bonds that tie these people – the aggressor often uses all kinds of emotional blackmail, including threatening to kill.
AGGRESSION TOWARDS CHILDREN
Children often fear and feel ashamed to ask for help, or may not fully understand that certain behavior that is being shown to them is precisely aggression, and therefore, something that should not happen at all.