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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Bullying (Overview)

Bullying is an abnormal behavior in which a person (the bully) treats others in an abusive way, uses force to harm others, or otherwise scares others into responding the way the bully wants. Bullying is common, and involves verbal abuse, physical assault, coercion (forcing others to do things) and is often targeted at selected victims, sometimes because of the victims' race, religion, gender, sexuality, etc...


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Are there official recommendations for treating bullying?

Are there official recommendations for treating bullying?

There Are None: This is a complex behavior & we must start by trying to understand where it is coming from. I presume you are talking about a child who is bullying another. I would want to know if that child is the subject of some mistreatment. Does s/he live in a chaotic household? Do his/her parents condone aggressive behaviors towards others? As w/many behavioral issues, we must strive to understand first. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
83 doctors shared insights

Bullying (Overview)

Bullying is an abnormal behavior in which a person (the bully) treats others in an abusive way, uses force to harm others, or otherwise scares others into responding the way the bully wants. Bullying is common, and involves verbal abuse, physical assault, coercion (forcing others to do things) and is often targeted at selected victims, sometimes because of the victims' race, religion, gender, sexuality, etc...


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Describe the features of bullying.?

Describe the features of bullying.?

Intimidation: Bullying usually refers to behaviors in which one person tries to control another person thorugh the use of intimidation. This often takes the form of physical intimidation and aggression, but it can also have to do with verbal or emotional intimidation. People who engage in bullying often use sarcasm and criticism as a way to try to control others. ...Read more

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Is bullying considered a form of sadism?

Is bullying considered a form of sadism?

Certainly can be: Bullying can indeed become a sadistic behavior: taking personal enjoyment and excitement from another person’s suffering. In a “normal” competitive confrontation, when a person has achieved their victory they stop. But a bully (with sadistic urges) will keep going -- listening to their victim’s pain and playing on it to increase the misery. The power is one-sided, and dominating. ...Read more

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What can be done about bullying aftermath?

Talk about it.: Bullying has always been with us, but today it has become more hurtful and hateful due to many factors. It is always best to talk to your child about coping strategies whether he is the bully or the bullied. If needed, see a counselor or talk to your child's health provider. ...Read more

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Are there proven ways to help prevent bullying?

Are there proven ways to help prevent bullying?

"carry a big stick": Find a friend of substantial size. Learn self-defense. Learn not to engage people you don't know well - even avoid eye contact or walk away if necessary. Report those who engage in this behavior immediately. Make a point of avoiding them and their whereabouts. Others might find that firm resolve, upright posture, and a steady hand - being firm and unafraid - can help. ...Read more

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How does bullying subvert the minds of victims?

Believing the bully: Bullies often make statements about the person being bullied "you're a fag", "you're ugly" etc. Given their power and that they often are backed up my other kids who say nothing, its common for the victim to emotionally believe what the bully is saying. There are more complicate mechanisms but this is the main one. ...Read more

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How can I get over bullying that happened in this past?

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy will help you put your past in perspective and help you resolve any issues you might have because of bullying. ...Read more

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How many teenagers committed suicide because of bullying?

How many teenagers committed suicide because of bullying?

Bullying: Too many. The topic of bullying is being discussed at a national level. More work definitely needs to be done. If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help. Speak out. Don't suffer in silence. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have mental disorder from bullying?

Is it possible that I have mental disorder from bullying?

Yes: Please see a psychologist for a diagnostic workup. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of cyber-bullying on the bully?

What are the side effects of cyber-bullying on the bully?

Not sure: Because bullys often have little remorse, i don't know about side effects. It is an interesting and a little bit of a confusing question. The southern poverty law center offers great material as part of their teaching tolerance movement. ...Read more