Main aim of this paper is to deal with bullies in the school environment, however bullies are present in all walks of life and much of what is on here will be transferable outside the school environment. You are not alone. Independent research suggests that bullying is happening to around 1 in 4 people and another statistic places it at 3-14 million students in the US. A bully can be male or female and a colleague of equal or lesser company status or a person in authority.
The definitions of a bully are:
1) To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner.
2) To make (one's way) aggressively.
3) To force one's way aggressively or by intimidation.
4) To provide persistent, unwelcome behavior.
Projection behavior and denial are hallmarks of the serial bully. It is believed by some that bullying is present behind all forms of harassment, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, persecution, conflict and violence. What bullies fear most is exposure and being called publicly to account for their behavior so they can go to great lengths to keep their target (victim) quiet from misdirection when it is reported to using threats of disciplinary action, dismissal, gagging clauses and fear. Despite the façade that such people put up, bullies have another side to them. What complicates matters is that the bully may not be aware or acknowledge to themselves they very often suffer from one or more of the following:
# Low self-confidence
# Low self-esteem
# Feel insecure
# seething with resentment
# and may have a wide range of prejudices as a vehicle for dumping anger onto others. A person may not always aware that they are bullying, however the outcome of bullying behavior can cause the following conditions in their target. # Sleep disorders
# Poor self esteem
# Lack of ability to cope with even simple chores/homework.
# Eating disorders
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