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

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

Cyberbullying, internet trolls and their psychopathic profile

The violence among teenagers is extremely widespread in almost every culture, including those from high-developed countries. And, along with the digitization of human communication with the help of the internet and social networks, the adolescent aggressiveness has acquired a new dimension. The bullying and the violence have been transferred into

If the Earth would have plunged into darkness for 6 days…

“NASA announces that, in December, the Earth is going to almost completely fade into darkness for 6 days, due to a solar storm.” This rumor has recently circulated in the media and on social networks. Although, obviously, it was a little joke, a denial from the NASA’s official was necessary,

Male aggression as a reproductive strategy

Origins of aggression can be better understood if viewed through the lens of sexual benefits that it provides. Combative behavior finds its justification in the need for males to protect their territory and resources, and to conquer the female and to reproduce – these are the adaptive and evolutionary significances

Aggression in men. Social roles or evolutionary roots?

In almost every society men are the ones who are overwhelmingly involved in wars, in all kinds of intergroup aggressions and intragroup homicide; they mobilize themselves in armies of violent fans, in criminal gangs, in bands of thugs, etc. These observations are as old as the world and have allowed