Is it time to pull the plug on the hostile versus instrumental aggression dichotomy?

@article{Bushman2001IsIT,
  title={Is it time to pull the plug on the hostile versus instrumental aggression dichotomy?},
  author={Brad J. Bushman and Charles Austin Anderson},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={2001},
  volume={108 1},
  pages={
          273-9
        }
}
  • Brad J. Bushman, Charles Austin Anderson
  • Published in Psychological review 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychologists have often categorized human aggression as hostile or instrumental. Hostile aggression is "hot," impulsive behavior that is motivated by a desire to hurt someone; instrumental aggression is "cold," premeditated behavior used as a means to some other end. This dichotomy was useful to the early development of aggression theories and continues to capture important features of nonhuman aggression, but it has outlived its usefulness as a descriptor of fundamentally different kinds of… CONTINUE READING

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