Human aggression in evolutionary psychological perspective.

  title={Human aggression in evolutionary psychological perspective.},
  author={David M. Buss and Todd K. Shackelford},
  journal={Clinical psychology review},
  volume={17 6},

The nature of human aggression.

  • J. Archer
  • Biology, Psychology
    International journal of law and psychiatry
  • 2009

Aggression among men: An integrated evolutionary explanation

Human Sex Differences in Aggression Within an Evolutionary Model

This investigation used evolutionary theory and social learning theory to predict sex differences in human aggression. One hundred fifteen students estimated their frequency of aggression in the

Aggress to impress: hostility as an evolved context-dependent strategy.

Although neither status nor mating motives increased women's direct aggression, women did become more directly aggressive when motivated to compete for scarce resources, contributing to a broader understanding of the functional nature of aggressive behavior.

Sexual Selection and the Psychology of Intergroup Conflict

Intergroup conflict perpetrated by male aggressors throughout human evolutionary history is likely to have shaped psychological systems at the foundations of modern forms of intergroup conflict. We

Aggression and Violent Behavior Adaptations to avoid victimization

It is proposed that an antagonistic, coevolutionary arms race that has churned through the deep time of human evolutionary history has produced adaptations to strategically exploit others and defenses to avoid the costs of victimization.

Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

We review and discuss the evolutionary psychological literature on violence, homicide, and war in humans and nonhumans, and in doing so we argue that an evolutionary perspective can substantially

The Evolutionary History of Aggression and Ethnic Conflict: Why Polarization Fuels Hate and Violence

In this chapter the evolution of aggression is examined in relation to specific types or forms of conflict, including genocide, hate crimes, and extremism. Three specific theories addressing the

The Role of Evolutionary and Social Factors in the Same-sex and Partner Aggression

Many theories have attempted to explain aggressive behaviour, ranging from social theories (Bandura, 1973) to evolutionary theories (Buss, 1999). This report uses evolutionary theory to derive

Aggression What Is Aggression? Aggression and Violence Defined

This chapter begins by defining the terms aggression and violence, and discusses different forms and functions of aggression, which change from childhood to adulthood and differ for males and females (perhaps as a result of their evolutionary past).



Sexual strategies theory: an evolutionary perspective on human mating.

A contextual-evolutionary theory of human mating strategies is proposed, hypothesized to have evolved distinct psychological mechanisms that underlie short-term and long-term strategies between men and women.

Individual differences and the trait of aggression

Aggression, as a variable of psychological study, has the hallmarks of a deeply ingrained personality trait. It is related to genetic and physiological factors; it emerges early in life but is

Evolutionary Psychology: A New Paradigm for Psychological Science

Psychological science is currently in conceptual disarray, characterized by unconnected mini-theories and isolated empirical findings. We lack a theory of the functional properties of the human mind

Competitiveness, risk taking, and violence: the young male syndrome

Evolutionary Psychology and Marital Conflict: The Relevance of Stepchildren

The specific focus of this chapter concerns one particular source of conflict between women and men in marital or marital-like relationships, namely the existence or presence of children from prior

Conflict between the sexes: strategic interference and the evocation of anger and upset.

  • D. Buss
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1989
These studies provide modest support for the strategic conflict model and implicate the negative emotions of anger and upset as proximate mechanisms that alert men and women to strategic interference.

The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence

A currently fashionable claim is that violence against husbands is about as prevalent as violence against wives; spousal violence has been said to be symmetrical in its extent, severity, intentions,

Violence Potential in Extramarital Sexual Responses

As divorce rates continue to climb in North America, we find no emergent normative setting to help alleviate extramarital sexual problems within the marital relationship. Although we are faced with