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Aggressiveness, friendship and love from the point of view of ethology
University of Belgrade, Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation
Serbian traditional culture between East and West (MESTD - 177022)

This paper discusses human nature and basic human motives and emotions such as aggressiveness, altruism, hate and love from the point of view of modern evolutionary psychology and ethology. Relying on the works of both classical and modern psychologists and ethologists (J. Bowlby, D. Buss, D. Morris, I. Eibl-Eibesfeldt), the author argues that a man is an imminent, genetically programmed social being. He has the potential for hate and aggressiveness as well as for prosocial, friendly and altruistic behavior based on empathy, parental instinct, love and the urge for bonding. Ethological psychologists derive commitment and love in a human being from thousands of years long evolution, which has shaped man's proclivities, urges and thrives by selection. In creation of the future society, in which there will be less violence and egoism, all this ethological knowledge about human aggressiveness, those inborn human potentials (compassion, gentleness, love and care for posterity, solidarity) and mechanisms that confront man's brutality, wantonness and proclivity for various forms of violence should be taken in consideration.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/gufv1607109T
published in SCIndeks: 14/05/2016

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