We need to tackle bullying using science. But not just any field of study – behavioral psychology!
Isn’t it time we start using science to solve this problem instead of teaching kids platitudes like – ignore them and they will go away – which doesn’t work because it triggers an extinction burst (meaning it makes things escalate and get worse), without telling people what to do after they trigger the frigging extinction burst.
applying the science of behavioral psychology isn’t the only science that can provide insight into the phenomenon of bullying, but it is a very good approach if your primary interest is in how to extinguish the unwanted behavior itself. What drives a bully to bully and the various reasons and social factors that may drive the onset of bullying behavior is better illuminated by other fields of science, like sociology, psychiatry and more.