Short Essay on Violence
Violence is the aggressive behaviour showcased by an individual. The dictionary defines it as, "the intentional use of power or physical force, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person or against a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development or deprivation." This is a comprehensive definition of violence and very well describes all the related aspects of violence.
Violence is an expression of aggression. There can be various reasons that cause this kind of behaviour. Various unfavourable social situations or circumstances in life affect an individual. The reaction to those situations is variable. Those who are short tempered or unable to cope with the changing environment find it hard to behave rationally. This frustration comes out in the form of anger and violent behaviour. Though, environmental factors are responsible but only to an extent. Psychologists believe that violent traits are inherent in nature. Hence genetic make-up does play a role.
Violence is of several kinds. One can exhibit violence in physical, Psychological, or sexual form or simply by neglecting someone to the point of deprivation. The extent of violence ranges from self, to family and friends, to community and the largest expression is the entire war situation between and/ or within the nations. Violence has affected civilizations. It is evident from the historical facts that wars that are the epitome of violence have ruined millions of lives. Those who resort to violence justify their action by citing various reasons but in the end it is only the personal perception that leads to such kind of behaviour.
Self violence is best described as self assault or committing suicide. When the person finds it hard to do any significant changes in the external environment and alter the external stimuli, he tends to harm himself. Lack of confidence and a general feeling of inferiority are the contributing factors behind this kind of behaviour. In other cases, individual tries to take command of the situation and directs his anger towards his partner or other family members. Domestic violence is the main example of such behaviours. Maltreatment of children, violence against women and elders are some of the instances. When the violence takes a collective outlook, it is represented in the forms of religious or political violence. Violent attacks against the members of a certain community or religion or sect had occurred in past. Theses showcase the mob mentality. In a crowd, individuals behave far more violently or irrationally than on individual basis. The last but the greatest of all is the war between the nations. Mass destruction, loss of life and property and sometimes loss of whole civilization is the result of such violent actions.
Man is a 'social animal'. Hence, showing an aggressive behaviour is equivalent to showing an animal behaviour. Psychologists say that though violent behaviour is inherent but can be managed. Providing a healthy and cordial home environment to kids helps them to build strong family values and reduces the tendency to react violently. Similarly, avoiding over consumption of alcohol and other such substances check this behaviour. Rehabilitation homes and support programs are available for those who need professional help. Meditation and practicing yoga also helps to rectify this negative approach towards self and others.