Bullying manifests as the cowardice that picks on the smaller, the weaker, and the less socio-politically powerful. Help to stop it.
The targets of bullies are sometimes some sort of threat to the bully. The targets threaten to receive or to have the potential to receive attention, love, education, a good job, money, fame, responsibility, and authority, along with other intangibles and tangibles.
So, bullies pick on either:
- Smaller, weaker people or animals; and. or
- People that may attract larger amounts of power than the bully.
Some of the most frequently occurring and clearest cases of Number 2 in modern times are a) women abused by mates when they gather friends, are offered a job, etc. and b) children and youth that do well in school in academics; in arts, music, drama, etc.; or in all.
The research of Dr. Dan Owleus is highlighted by the American Psycholocial Association. It focuses on the bully with anger and impulse control problems, the need for power, consistent defiance toward adults, and lack of empathy. This suggests a sociopath, making bullies mentally ill. This research does not directly link to competition, although a sociopath may seem to be in competition against the world.
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