Losing one's cool: social competence as a novel inverse predictor of provocation-related aggression.

@article{Robinson2013LosingOC,
  title={Losing one's cool: social competence as a novel inverse predictor of provocation-related aggression.},
  author={Michael D. Robinson and Adam K. Fetterman and Kay Hopkins and Sukumarakurup Krishnakumar},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2013},
  volume={39 10},
  pages={
          1268-79
        }
}
Provocations and frustrating events can trigger an urge to act aggressively. Such behaviors can be controlled, but perhaps more so for people who can better distinguish effective from ineffective courses of action. The present three studies (total N = 285) introduce a scenario-based measure of this form of social competence (SC). In Study 1, higher levels of SC predicted lower levels of trait anger. Study 2 presented provocation scenarios and asked people whether they would engage in direct… CONTINUE READING
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