The Connection Between the Root Causes of Violence and their Malicious Outcomes

One of the most challenging aspects of “Workplace Aggression and Violence” is that we know the outcomes and we know the usual root causes but how do we determine the link between these causes and their ultimate expressions of violence? 

Typical outcomes of aggressive and/or violent behavior are: Bullying, Verbal Abuse, Discrimination, Lost Productivity (lost Teamwork, Leadership and Loyalty), Violence, Militancy and Terrorism.  These maladies can and do occur in workplaces, campuses, schools, religious places and domestic settings (like malls and movie theaters).  The root causes are often seen as: Religious Fervor, Political Extremism, Mental Illness, Criminal Intent, Workplace Issues, Traumatic Experiences and Domestic Concerns. But what is the link between these root causes and their malicious outcomes?

Based upon years of research and seminal studies the answer has been determined to be “emerging aggressive behavior;” not just “aggressive behavior” but “emerging aggressive behavior.” The U.S. Secret Service & U.S. Dept. of Education’s  Safe School Initiative Study declared that “An inquiry should focus instead on the student’s behaviors and communication to determine if the student appears to be planning or preparing for an attack. The ultimate question to answer …. is whether a student is on a path to a violent attack, and if so, to determine how fast they are moving and where intervention may be possible”   More clearly stated, the only effective means to get out in front of a violent incident with the potential of preventing it, is to identify someone on “the path to violence.”  This is what our Meter of Emerging Aggression accomplishes; an objective, cogent and concise illustration of “the path to violence!”  For more we suggestion this link,


  1. james

    At first I thought a training/awareness presentation in our middle, junior and high schools would be extremely valuable, but on second thought that might only teach the “hidden time bombs” in our classrooms to learn new ways of hiding out psychologically. Sort of like the slot-headed screw being trumped by a pocket knife (or other screwdriver!) so someone comes up with the Phillips head screw–which worked great until Phillips-head screwdrivers began appearing in stores for the general public.

    We need to bring to bear our imaginations, our ingenuity and our collaboration to devise better, newer and more ways to facilitate early detection. When the whole country wises up it may be like our now automatic response to help a drowning man.

    Professionals and aides who spend their days working with autistic children do not usually throw up their hands in “helpless thinking” and quit and walk away. They are constantly trying and using new and old techniques in a variety of ways and with a variety of different “types” of autism.

    The knowledge base regarding autism is growing exponentially because more and more in the helping profession stay curious, stay learning and can sometimes see things in a brand new and surprising way.

    Do something. If that doesn’t work, then do something else. Do it differently. And if that does not work, do something else.

    I am more confident than ever that there are incredible minds at work dealing with all sorts of human problems. I feel REALLY hopeful!

    Your blog is like a lovely spring rain. Thank God there are some serious and committed people like those at Aggression Management!!!

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