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p10# in WSU CES 403: Aggression

Assault, insulting, threating are considered as aggression by the authors. Let's talk about the definitions of the terms.
Aggression is the idea/act of destroying something of others. If an aggression is carried out and some people/organizations (may be victims, may be not.) feel something/someone is lost/damaged, the realization of aggression occured. As a result, an aggression is identified.

Assault means physical aggression. A nuclear bombing, a raid are all physical agression.
Insulting is one kind of non-phyical attacks. It can be verbal and non-verbal attacks. An example of "Insult-verbal attacks" includes the act of denouncing a person/group pointlessly. An example of "Insult-non-verbal attacks" is that, some culturally defined gestures are meant to "tease at/making fun of/releasing anger on(catharsis)" a person/group. For instance, a planned underestimation of someone's ability is considered as "Insulting someone's intelligent."

Threating is one kind of verbal attacks. It includes the act of announcing the will of destructing someone's property, either non-physical property (fame, ownership etc.) or physical property (i.e. assaulting something that we can touch. e.g. kin, house etc.).
There are more examples of verbal attacks. In some cultures, person A intended to ask person B a tough question in front of a lot of people so that B are not able to answer the questions. It is consider as challenging. If person B cannot answer the question, he might think he has been insulted.

The above definition can explain the general consensus of the Chinese culture. This definition may not apply to Chinese culture only, it may apply to other cultures and it might be an universal definition for all cultures as well.