Here is an aspect of something I think may be worth exploring that has long range social implications towards individual behavior and mindset with lifelong social impact; and that is " aggressive violent behavior ".
With all the violence so prevalent in society as witnessed in the news media it might be useful to address one of it's causes. As children grow into adults a concern that seems to becoming an increasing problem is that of " Bullying ". One of the strategies used to address this which is " Conflict Resolution " has been seen as very effective. But it might also be good to examine this issue from another direction.
As you watch these brief video clips from a movie called " The War "; notice how the display of aggression and resolution that is played out illustrates what might be described as a ( normal ) instinctive reaction to this scenario so often promoted through mass media storylines; namely physical struggle resulting in a kind of implied ( moral " one-upmanship " ). But look deeper and consider what is driving the behavior that instigated this situation in the first place. Not just possible factors like poverty or hatred and resentment; but ask: " What causes that? "
In this second short clip notice the difference in " point-of-view " that is offered as a transcendentive insight.
( Does this reaction come from his compassion; the unconditional love and concern for his children; his understanding; or is it a combination? )
Not to oversimplify this problem but certainly some of the violence that is witnessed all around us comes from conditions similar to the ones just seen. Not only certain economic and social factors but possible political or religious aspects as well.. And it would stand to reason much of the anger, resentment, and fear that is passed on through these conditions may also breed some of the hatred and violent behavior that recycles and increases itself even more. And in addition it might also be worth including the parental and psychological components of this overall mechanism as well.
But two of the themes that Joseph Campbell addresses as: " Love Your Enemies "; and " You and the Other Are One "; ( I think intersect here). And this insight of a " common human condition " I think is a " transparent to transcendent " message we must try to address towards integrating it into our children's consciousness. Not only the idea of resolving the conflict of bulling with conflict agreement or by " forced acceptance "; but treating the " roots of the condition " that cause the problem with psychological and emotional understanding as well. Because if you can change the mindset; then you can begin to change the behavior.
I'm certainly not saying that this approach is not in some ways being implemented or ( in itself ) would stop all the violence; but I think these themes that Joseph Campbell mentions may be a hint towards something in the way of understanding these kinds of problems.
No doubt there have been many studies that have been conducted focusing on various areas of this problem. I came across this article I listed from the link below that provides an interesting window into one facet that may also have some relevance:
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2 ... -disorder/
Bullies More Likely to Have Mental Disorder
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
If you ever wondered if there was something wrong with bullies and those who engage in bullying behaviors, researchers now have some better idea.
It could be a component of a mental disorder, according to a study out of Brown University and presented today at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting.
After analyzing responses from a parent survey, the researchers found that those who were considered bullies were more than twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD).
Bullying is a problem in many schools. But we need to realize that bullying isn’t always just plain ‘ole bad behavior. Sometimes there are other factors at play.
Because of the survey nature of the study, the researchers couldn’t say whether the mental health problems might be a contributing causal factor of bullying, or whether such disorders are a result of someone who engages in bullying behavior.
All too often, society focuses on the victim of bullying. Little help may be offered to the bully, who may also be suffering from concerns that could benefit from treatment (or at the very least, parental attention):
Some experts agreed, adding that it is also important for parents, clinicians and teachers to identify the root of the children’s anger, and to help the children channel their aggression in a better way.
“Parents of bullies who are made aware of their child’s behavior should take the concerns seriously and seek help and treatment for their child, hopefully in the earlier stages so that alternative behaviors can be taught and reinforced before some of the more negative ones become entrenched,” said Hilfer.
Previous research has found that both bullies and their victims suffer from suicidal thoughts more than 3 times as often as other children.
Bullying and being bullied also has been found in a 2007 study to result in a greater risk of adult mental disorders. The disorders suffered tended to be either an anxiety disorder or antisocial personality disorder.
Over the summer, we also noted a new tool to help profile school bullies. This tool could allow schools to help better identify potential bullies and help them before they turn in to actual bullies.
Bullying is never an excusable behavior. Studies like this help shed light on the complicated dynamics at play with this behavior, and offers parents and professionals ideas on how to help reduce it.