chapter  1
Phenomenological Models of Aggression and Impulsivity: Implications for Clinical Research and Treatment of Human Aggression
ByBurr S. Eichelman
Pages 18

INTRODUCTION All of science, including clinical science, begins with observation. The understanding and modulation of aggressive impulsive behavior has been no exception. Even before Hippocrates’ attempt to characterize personalities (as phlegmatic, choleric, and sanguine), we have observed and grouped behaviors and then proceeded to study and attempt their manipulation. Webster defines phenomenology as “the branch of a science that classifies and describes its phenomena without any attempt at explanation.” It is this classification and description process which has guided the research and clinical modulation of human aggressive behavior utilizing animal models of aggression.