When we think of someone causing harm to another person, we usually think of that harm being delivered directly. Many of our experiences as either perpetrators or targets of aggression are likely to have involved direct confrontation; someone says something hurtful or rude to another person or someone hits or throws something at another person. However, much of the harm people experience in day-to-day life is likely to be delivered through some less direct, more circuitous route. In fact, there may be some contexts, such as the workplace (Baron & Neuman, 1996), in which nondirect aggression may be the preferred response to conflict.
KeywordsAggressive Behavior Social Skill Physical Aggression Relational Aggression Romantic Partner
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