Bullying

Bullying

Bullying is defined as the use of threats, abuse, intimidation, or force to aggressively control others. This behavior is mostly habitual and repetitive. An individual can be said to be practicing bullying if he/she unceasingly acts in an antisocial and aggressive way those surrounding him/her, including family and friends. In most instances, the main motivation for bullying is self-image or anger related issues. The one using bullying tactics validates his/her conduct due variances in ability, social class, size, race, strength, religion, lineage, gender, reputation, sexual orientation, personality, appearance, body language, and behavior. Bullying that is done by a group is referred to as mobbing. One necessary qualification for bullying is the belief by society, that there is an imbalance of physical or social power. The bully uses several behaviors to gain perceived supremacy including coercion, verbal harassment, physical assault, and intimidating gestures. Such actions may be regularly directed towards specific targets. The individuals being bullied are referred to as “targets/victims of bullying.”