Catharsis

  1. Describe the concept of catharsis in your own words.
  2. Several theories of aggression are discussed in the text. Would any of these theories support the use of catharsis to reduce aggressive behavior? Review at least TWO different theories from the text and assess whether or not they predict a decrease in aggression following cathartic experiences?
  3. What did the article find was an effective means to reduce aggression? Were the results consistent with catharsis theory? Explain why or why not.
  4. Finally, pretend you are an anger management counselor – given the evidence presented in the article and in the text, briefly describe at least TWO exercises you could use in an anger management class to help your clients become less aggressive. Make sure to explain why your exercises would be expected to work.