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Monday, September 27, 2010

Layoffs and unemployment may give rise to future violence

There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness. – Kingston Brewster Jr.

It is a common cycle throughout history that when the proletariat is marginalized by the upper echelon of societal hierarchy violence will ensue. The current political and economic climate in America is giving rise to a perfect storm despair that could lead to a prime example of what psychologists call the frustration-aggression theory.

In terms of unemployment the frustration-aggression theory relates to the frustration developed when layoffs occur.

Workers who have been laid off feel there is a lack of reason for their perceived failure. In other words their actions did not justify their job loss and with no reason the lack of closure can lead to frustration. This frustration has been magnified by the lack of jobs currently in American society.

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