By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC
Bullying is a form of hostile aggression of an imbalance of power where the one doing the bullying presents as a more powerful person or group attacking than the less powerful one. Bullying behavior is intended to annoy or harm the victim and occurs repeatedly over time.
Bullying can be in the form of verbal (i.e. name-calling, or threats), psychological (i.e. spreading rumors or exclusion) physical (i.e. kicking, hitting, or taunting). Bullying can be done directly or indirectly at schools in the classroom, hallway, playground; and sometimes anonymously through email, and text messages, and through social media (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, chat rooms, etc.).
Bullying can present in many ways but maintains the same essential mean-spiritedness of dominance over others through hostile means, and no empathy for the victim. Bullying is widespread and most likely to occur in middle school, but bullying can start as early as in late elementary school and extend into high school. Bullying victims, as well as those who bully, are usually male. However, the population of female bullying has increased in recent years with females using relational aggression through the avenue of social media.
7 Signs of bullying include:
Feelings of isolation Loss of friendships
High levels of anxiety Unhappiness
Self-injury and/or thoughts of suicide
Bullying is not only a problem for children and adolescents but adults can experience bullying as well. Often times bullying for adults may occur in the workplace and can affect them in the same manner.
Recognizing the signs is the first step to combat bullying behavior. The best way to stop bullying is to tell someone and to bring it to light. Bullying can be stopped and help is available.
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