The objective indicators that identify the Primal Aggressor and the Cognitive Aggressor are very different.
Feedback we receive from each of our training programs indicates that today's professional security and threat
assessment personnel have not had usefully training to recognize or deal with the cognitive aggressor. The Virginia
Tech tragedy once again provided another data point in the body of evidence that mental health assessments or
profiling are not useful in identifying the next shooter.
The training provided by the Center for Aggression Management does provide knowledge and skills necessary to
recognize and appropriately manage the emerging aggression associated with both the Cognitive Aggressor and
the Primal Aggressor.
Both Types of Aggressors Must be Managed
Cognitive & Primal Aggressors
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The Primal Aggressor shows obvious signs of agitation and is adrenaline
The Cognitive Aggressor is intent driven, may seem very calm, and is often
the more dangerous aggressor. This is the person that will become the next
random shooter or terrorist.
To prevent violence, both types of aggressors must be recognized and
managed. Unfortunately, the most used approaches almost always do not
recognize the Cognitive Aggressor.