Edin Mustafic/Fine Art Photography

Anatomy of an emotional assault

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Slider (20)/© 2015 Edin Mustafic - Anatomy of an emotional assault


The dispute between biologically oriented scientists who consider the aggressiveness as innate and those who emphasize the role of learning and experience in the development of aggressive tendencies is not completed. The debate revolves around the question of exogenous or endogenous causes of aggression.

Researchers like Freud, Storr and Lorenz believe in an innate instinct, which forces them to attack other people and to destroy them. They believe that these instincts must unload either in direct aggression by observing violence (films, photographs, destroying inanimate objects) or the pursuit of power positions. If the aggression is not lived out in this way, it can lead to uncontrolled violence and even suicide. Critics of these theories reject the idea of an organismic deterministic aggressive instinct. People can live long peaceful, when environmental conditions do not provoke aggressive behavior. There are no uniform release mechanisms.

Recognize yourself.
A militant samurai, it is said in an old Japanese legend, once called a Zen priest to explain heaven and hell. But the priest said scornfully: 'You're nothing but a boor, with your own kind, I do not waste my time!' Offended in his honor the samurai got furious, drew his sword from its sheath and cried: 'For your insolence you shall die!' 'This is hell', responded the priest relaxed. Stunned by the realization of the truth of what the priest had said about anger that had taken possession of him, the Samurai calmed down, put the sword back into the sheath and thanked the priest with a bow for the insight. 'And that is heaven", said the priest. The sudden insight of the Samurai in his own state of arousal makes the difference clear whether one is caught up in his feelings or whether you realize that you will be swept away by this feelings. Socrates admonition 'Know yourself' speaks to this keystone of emotional intelligence, to become aware of the own feelings at the moment when they occur.

(1) Bushman, Brad J./Baumeister, R. F./Phillips, C. M. (2001): Do people aggress to improve their Mood? Catharsis beliefs, affect regulation opportunity, and aggressive responding. In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 81, S. 17-32. (2) Goleman, Daniel: Emotionale Inteligenz. München 1995. Carl Hanser Verlag, S 67-105.

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(1) Title: Anatomy of an emotional Assault | Year: 2015 | Print : 30x30 cm | Ink: Epson Ultra Chrome K3 Pigment Ink | Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Ultrasmooth, 305 g/m²| Framing: Museum framing black, 40x40 cm Strength: 30 mm, gallery cardboard, museum passepartout, black Strength: 3 mm, museum cardboard, acidfree | Glass: Clarity 92% / museums glass | Series: 20 Singles | Edition: 1 (+1 AE) | Price/Series (20): € 16.000,00


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