Bullying is the use of power and aggression by a bullies to control the victims. Not all aggressive behavior is bullying. Bullying is repetitive and intentional aggressive behavior. Bullying maybe direct such as physically hitting someone or
verbally insulting another. It can also be indirect in cases of social
gossiping, incitation, or manipulating others.
Bullying is most prevalent in schools among children, yet it can happen to anyone at any age or place, in many different types and ways. Direct physical bullying maybe more found among young school children. Whereas verbal bullying may be spread in high schools. Females practice verbal bullying more than males. At work and other social institutions, bullying may happen through manipulating people and inciting one person or group against another.
Technology and media, opened wide doors to bullying through the internet. Today, cyberbullies can torment their victims 24 hours, 7 days a week through phone messages, emails and social media platforms. Victims receive humiliating messages that remain permanent for an endless number of people to witness.
Causes and consequences
Bullies usually come from abusive homes, school, or work. Some people bully to gain recognition or power over others. Victims of bullying turn into bullies and the cycle becomes vicious.
Everyone involved in the bullying act is usually affected. Bullies, victims, and even those witnessing the act (bystanders), often
manifest psychological problems like depression, anxiety, and/or distorted self-image. They face failure and are more likely to get involved in alcohol or drug abuse and criminal behaviors. This makes bullying a high cost to societies who are trying their best to control this problem and limit its effects.
If you, or anyone you care about is suffering from bullying, contact our therapists to help you manage new ways dealing with it.