The role of aggression in the lives of individuals, species and nations

Why do we see aggressive behavior in all animal species, including in humans? What is its usefulness? From an ethological point of view, aggression is a behavior which allows for a hierarchical status to be established within a group, facilitates the access to resources, allows one to defend against the

The ethology of attraction to bad boys

It was not only the natural selection that favored warlike men, but also the sexual selection. In archaic times, the combative behavior implied not only chances of survival, but also a more significant reproductive success. Women’s preferences for combative individuals have evolved in parallel with men’s aggressiveness. Numerous studies have

Why Facebook can be toxic for relationships

I have noticed that many people are involved in quarrels on Facebook, in the way they would have never quarreled during any tete-a-tete conversation. Quarrels caused by trifles, by words said hastily, by small misunderstandings. Quarrels caused by a routine exchange of words and by an outburst of emotions which,

The executioner within us and our homicidal fantasies

Great crimes are sometimes committed by small people. Vasili Blokhin was born in 1895 in a poor Russian peasant family and at the age of 15 worked as a bricklayer, until he was mobilized on the World War I’s front. After the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917, he actively adheres