Measuring human aggression: How to identify someone who intends to do harm

John D. Byrnes, DHum


According to the New York Post, New York police officers are to be on the lookout for “men who appear freshly shaven with cuts or nicks-which could indicate a beard had just been removed-as well as anyone with ill-fitting uniforms or ‘unfamiliar forms’ of identification.” 1 American citizens are anxious about their futures, partly because of the inability to identify a terrorist. Consulting statistician W. Edwards Deming popularized the phrase, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”
As part of a mission to prevent human aggression, the author has developed a means of measuring aggression, for use in schools, businesses, and government agencies. After September 11, 2001, these principles of measurement were extended to include identifying a terrorist. This article describes the Complete Aggression Continuum, as well as how and why measuring aggression works.



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