Bullying is normally defined the same way harassment is. It is a pattern of behavior that upsets someone that service no legitimate purpose.
Bullying is traumatizing. Victims of long term bullying situations can develop PTSD and other mental health problems. These problems impact our ability to move forward in a health way. We are basically conditioned by bullies to respond to them in a certain way and if we don’t unlearn these behaviors – we are easy targets for future bullies.
A big part of the problem is that people don’t know how to fix it. They don’t know what works to stop bullying. They aren’t sure that what they are seeing is bullying. It takes a lot of ongoing work to fix it and there are no quick fixes.
What to do if you witness bullying. A slide share presentation. Please feel free to share. This is based on the work in the Bully Vaccine book.