Getting cranky back at someone who is cranky doesn’t help anyone. This doesn’t mean you let people bully you, just because they are being cranky.
We need to tackle bullying using science. But not just any field of study – behavioral psychology!
Bullying plays havoc with our self-esteem, with our sense of worth AND it can cause trauma, which can rewire the brain’s fear circuitry. If you have been bullied and have been emotionally traumatized by it, it isnt’ enough to get the bullying to stop, you also need to do some work to repair the damage that the bullying did to your thinking process.
I have a guilty pleasure – I love watching lip sync battles. Can we learn anything about dealing with bullies from them? Yes. Yes we can.