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Instrumental Aggression

Instrumental Aggression in which the primary goal is not to harm the victim but rather attainment of some other goal, such as access to valued resources.


Instrumental aggression is a term sometimes used in social psychology to describe behaviour that is not aggressive for its own sake but as a means to an end. For example, the difference between killing an enemy in person and pressing a button in a missile site a thousand miles away.

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