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Center for Aggression
All levels of aggressive behavior have adverse
effects that are to be avoided in the workplace, on
campuses, in schools, in our religious institutions,
and in our personal lives.
As the individual progresses through the
continuum of aggressive behavior, the aggressor
will portray certain appearances, behaviors and
characteristics that can be recognized and
documented by properly trained individuals.
Armed with the proper skills, trained observers can
recognize aggressive behavior in the early stages
and distinguish aggressive behavior from simply
aberrant behavior. This is true regardless of the
underlying root cause of the aggression.
Responding properly to aggression also requires
special skills and knowledge.
A proper response at an early stage of aggression
may de-escalate the aggressive behavior to the
benefit of the potential aggressor and those
impacted by the aggressor's behavior.
As the aggressive behavior continues to escalate,
the proper response may be to remove the
aggressor from the workplace, campus or school.
Aggressive Behavior is a Continuum
The Key to Violence Prevention -
Recognizing Emerging Aggression
Today's organizations struggle with numerous issues that have challenged the
creativity of threat assessment, behavior intervention and security personnel.
Count them! Bullying, workplace violence, campus violence, the terrorist or "random
shooter", ..... and the list goes on and on! These problems cannot be addressed
without understanding that its not "Bullying" its "Aggression!" Its not "Workplace
Violence", its "Aggression!" and so forth!
PREVENTION of the serious behavioral issues that affect today's organizations
requires the knowledge and skill to recognize aggression as it emerges. Without
that knowledge and skill, most security, behavioral or crisis intervention efforts can
only be reactive and not nearly as effective as we all would hope.
If aggression is allowed to progress to more advanced stages, then intervention is more difficult, dangerous and
essential to the safety of the organization's environment.
Unfortunately, often used approaches like profiling, threat assessment, and mental health assessment either simply do
not work or tend to miss the emergence of aggressive behavior. As a result, intervention often occurs after the
aggressor has moved well into the crisis stage of aggression. By this time, the response will tend to be reactive and
very difficult. In too many cases, the response may not happen until a horrific violent incident has occurred.