Time Out: an Analysis of Anger, Agression, and Temper Tantrums in Adolescents
-Anger is defined as “a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism” (Morse, 2008, Definition). It is the most general term compared to its synonyms rage, fury, and wrath. Although the reaction is named, it does not convey any intensity, justification or manifestation of the emotional state. -Aggression stems from the Latin word aggressio, or attack. It is “a forceful action or procedure especially when intended to dominate or master” (Morse, 2008, Definition). Frustration is commonly associated with aggression, but unlike the others, it may cause a hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior or outlook. -Temper tantrums are “disruptive or undesirable behaviors or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires” (Rauch, 2007, Introduction). Otherwise known as “acting-out behaviors”, they also refer to an inability to control emotions due to frustration or difficulty expressing a particular need or desire. They are natural during early childhood development, according to the Dissection of Anatomy for Medicine (A.D.A.M.) Health Illustrated Encyclopedia.
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