Reviving an old ethological concept,
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This review is from: Payback: Why We Retaliate, Redirect Aggression, and Take Revenge (Hardcover)This book starts off soundly in reviving and reinvigorating the old ethological concept of displaced or redirected aggression and applying it to human behaviour. The authors cover bullying, domestic violence and other common human behaviours and there is an excellent chapter looking at these behaviours in other species. I enjoyed reading the book and it does open up and promote a fascinating awareness of this behavioural strategy in one's everyday life and at one point I was walking around a city centre shopping mall trying to notice subtle indications of redirected aggression in action amongst the throng of people. However, I think the authors could have developed the ideas further and the last chapter was very dissapointing and consisted of a review of various strategies to defuse redirected aggression taken from a hotchpotch of religious, philosophical and humanist ideas...hence the 3 stars.
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