Goal Blockage and Verbal Aggressiveness

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This chapter offers a preliminary approach to investigating questions such as what triggers the shift from pro-social (or neutral) influence messages to verbally aggressive ones? What aspects of social cognition are most relevant during this shift in message tactics? And, what communicator characteristics help us to explain, predict, or better understand the relationship between goal blockage and use of verbal aggression? The chapter consists of two main sections. The first section will introduce goal pursuit, verbal aggression, and examples of current research on these topics; and the second section will review negative affective states known to influence cognition, communicator characteristics, and specific theories useful for explicating links between goal blockage and verbal aggression.


Communication Studies