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Bullying Information

Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others, through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. Bullying can be defined in many different ways. Although the UK currently has no legal definition of bullying, some US states have laws against it. Bullying is usually done to coerce others by fear or threat.

Bullying in school and the workplace is also referred to as peer abuse.

In colloquial speech, bullying often describes a form of harassment perpetrated by an abuser who possesses more physical and/or social power and dominance than the victim. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a target. The harassment can be verbal, physical and/or emotional. Sometimes bullies will pick on people bigger or smaller than their size. Bullies hurt people verbally and physically. There are many reasons for that. One of them is because the bullies themselves have been the victim of bullying (e.g. a bullying child who is abused at home, or bullying adults who are abused by their colleagues).

Bullying consists of two types - verbal and physical. Norwegian researcher Dan Olweus defines bullying as when a person is "exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons." He defines negative action as "when a person intentionally inflicts injury or discomfort upon another person, through physical contact, through words or in other ways."

Bullying can occur in any setting where human beings interact with each other. This includes school, church, the workplace, home and neighborhoods.

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Don't come to the rescue of someone else who is "being bullied" merely to come to their rescue. You may not know all of the details. Furthermore, your response is often more about you than it is them, and if you are not there to follow up to see what happens after you leave, it can often lead to the bully taking their frustrations out on this ... Read More »
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Bullying may be a power-trip, but people don't bully because they're powerful. In this video, celebrity television host and Dr. Oz Show guest Tyra Banks talks about the deep-seated reasons people bully, and how an understanding of that dynamic can help victims of bullying feel stronger. Check it out on Sharecare.com by clicking here: ... Read More »
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