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Aggression Scale

by Buss, A. H., & Perry, M. P. (1992). The aggression questionnaire. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 452-459.

Please rate each of the following items in terms of how characteristic they are of you.

  1. Once in a while I can't control the urge to strike another person
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  2. Given enough provocation, I may hit another person
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  3. If somebody hits me, I hit back
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  4. I get into fights a little more than the average person
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  5. If I have to resort to violence to protect my rights, I will
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  6. There are people who pushed me so far that we came to blows
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  7. I can think of no good reason for ever hitting a person
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  8. I have threatened people I know
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  9. I have become so mad that I have broken things
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  10. I tell my friends openly when I disagree with them
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  11. I often find myself disagreeing with people
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  12. When people annoy me, I may tell them what I think of them
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  13. I can't help getting into arguments when people disagree with me
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  14. My friends say that I'm somewhat argumentative
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  15. I flare up quickly but get over it quickly
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  16. When frustrated, I let my irritation show
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  17. I sometimes feel like a powder keg ready to explode
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  18. I am an even-tempered person
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  19. Some of my friends think I'm a hothead
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  20. Sometimes I fly off the handle for no good reason
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  21. I have trouble controlling my temper
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  22. I am sometimes eaten up with jealousy
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  23. At times I feel I have gotten a raw deal out of life
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  24. Other people always seem to get the breaks
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  25. I wonder why sometimes I feel so bitter about things
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  26. I know that "friends" talk about me behind my back
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  27. I am suspicious of overly friendly strangers
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  28. I sometimes feel that people are laughing at me behind me back
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me

  29. When people are especially nice, I wonder what they want
    Extremely uncharacteristic of me                Extremely characteristic of me


Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.
~ Galileo Galilei
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