If fight isn't an option, perhaps because the other ape is higher in status or just stronger or bigger, you'll often see an outbreak of displacement signals . This is where the aggression has to be suppressed out of fear . For an ape, this can often lead to self-attacks, where the violence is turned inward out of frustration. The human animal has similar techniques, given the same circumstances If you work with an overbearing colleague or a customer who gives you constant grief, you could find you're taking the aggression out on yourself
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