The world has become a complex environment where virtually everything relates to everything else in one context or the other. With the increasing rate of development of technology and communication, the world becomes a very small place. Because of this ‘crunching’, people are no longer isolated from each other like they were some fifty years ago. People began to connect, ideas became intertwined, and knowledge became more dispersed. Problem solving in the workplace no longer needs the brains of geniuses but rather a collective effort of many people who are experts in their fields.
Similarly, this social trend allows people to evaluate problems from different perspectives in order for them to gain a better understanding of the issues involved. In this regard, health care professionals should not only focus on what they do best – identify and treat health and medical conditions of their patients. They should also equip themselves with knowledge of other types of social, scientific, and managerial disciplines that would aid them in their treatment and prevention process of health care and medical conditions. One of the most important bodies of knowledge health care professionals should be aware about, or should gain better understanding of, is sociology.
Sociology is the science that devotes to the understanding of human interactions. Human beings are feeble and weak and more often than not, their weaknesses are displayed in aggressive behaviors (Geen 1995). Often times, this aggression results in battery, mauling, and other physical contacts that yields nasty results, particularly requiring medical attention and health care (Hillbrand 2001). This type of aggression requiring medical and health care intervention is very common in today’s world that they become a concern not only for policy makers and sociologists but also to the health care professionals as well.
This paper will discuss the sociological dimension of aggression and its implication in health care as seen in the case of Greg and Annalise. Greg and Annalise seems to live a perfect life until Annalise got promoted from her work whereas Greg was not unable to get the promotion he has always wanted. Adding to the tension is the fact that Annalise’s pay is significantly higher than Greg’s, making her the breadwinner of the family.
As a result, Greg displayed aggressive behavior towards Annalise even in minor issues that could have been resolved easily in normal circumstances. This aggression is displayed in various ways including agitated behavior, quick temperament, raised voice, and physical violence. As a result, Annalise is subjected to Greg’s physical display of aggression resulting to her contusions and fractures from a recent fight. Aggressive behaviors, like the one displayed by Greg, can be caused by frustration, stress, or the inability to communicate strong negative emotions (Krantz & McCeney 2002).
People generally lose control over their temper and emotions when there is something that troubles them. The greater the issues are, the more likely it is that they lose focus on what they do and how they usually do it. Various researches established the fact that frustrations and stressful situations eventually lead to aggressive behaviors (Banudra et al 1996) as a way to channel pent up emotions and frustrations. People that are experiencing emotional stressors and frustrations are less likely to think of the consequences of their actions the moment they performed the act as their rationality is clouded by the emotions they feel.
As a result, they justify their frustrations and stress by displaying aggression towards the people near them, hurting them in the process both emotionally and physically.