Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Master of Science Program
Department of Psychology & Psychotherapy; Titu Maiorescu University

The Role of Relaxation Techniques in Diminishing the Aggressiveness of Young Adults

Aggressiveness is a deliberate destructive behavior directed towards persons or groups of persons, objects, or towards itself, causing physical or mental suffering which may even result in death. Also, aggressiveness can lead to destruction of objects, or if it’s oriented towards itself, can cause self-aggression or suicide.

This study verifies the efficiency of the relaxation techniques used as a method of reducing the aggressiveness, by comparing the levels of aggressiveness recorded by a sample of 60 young adults (Mage = 24.185; SD = 3.35), students at Titu Maiorescu University, during the pre-test vs. post-test phase. The second problem addressed by this study is the correlation between personality variables and the level of aggressiveness, both of them being assessed with specific questionnaires.

Overall, our data demonstrate the effectiveness of using relaxation techniques to reduce the aggressiveness of young adults. However, no significant correlations were found between personality variables and the level of aggressiveness.

Keywords: aggressiveness, relaxation techniques, personality