Creativity as a Determinant of Intraspecific Aggressive Properties of the Psyche of Homo sapiens

Alexander G. Kruglov, PhD, ScD

Central Research Institute of Radiation Diagnosis, Moscow, The Russian Federation

*Corresponding author:  Alexander G. Kruglov, PhD, ScD. Central Research Institute of Radiation Diagnosis. Moscow, the Russian Federation. E-mail:

Published: June 16, 2017.  doi: 10.21103/Article7(2)_PV1


A sharp and non-linear qualitative change event, namely, the emergence of creativity in the structure of the psyche of Homo sapiens (HS) about 50,000 years ago, created developmental bifurcations, as a result of which HS attained extraspecific and intraspecific domination. Creativity, a new quality of HS psyche, for the first time in the history of hominids enabled HS to separate the image of the goal (IG) from the reactive behavior, transforming IG into an abstract, symbolic object. The emergence of this creative construct, the ambivalent structure existing in the interpretive environment, created a new need for hominids: a relationship with the virtual product of the psyche, a symbol, which has the signs of objective reality in PERCEPTION. Thus, a fundamentally unsolvable frustration was created: a frustration caused by the inability to achieve equilibrium relations with the CONTROLLING symbolic image. Behavior aimed at satisfying needs and eliminating frustration, accompanied by the ordering and structuring of society, acquires under certain conditions the elements of aggression, transforming into sheer aggression. We believe that in the periods preceding the aggression, there is a deliberate deformation of the psychological image of the enemy, the future victim, resulting in the aggressor perceiving the enemy as lacking in human qualities, those qualities that are the attributes of species identity. In this process, the aggressor’s psycho-filters and ethical restrictions are eliminated. We understand intraspecific aggression as the antagonistic contact between the frustration constructs, aimed at reducing the tension caused by frustration.

creativity ● symbol ● aggression ● Homo sapiens
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