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Bullying at any level is an existing problem that children and adults face each and every day. It has become increasingly important that parents, school administrators, teachers and all company management teams need to keep a definite and constant focus on bullying. Bullying is not only physical, but it can also have it's largest impact on one's emotions while tearing apart their reputation and in many cases, the effects from it, has caused suicides. Many people, including kids are killing themselves because of bullying. How do we stop this from happening? Bullying is not a normal part of life and is damaging to both the bully and the victim. Bullies are made, not born. If left alone, bullying can lead to serious life altering consequences. With knowing the facts about bullying and becoming more educated with it, you will learn to mitigate the problem by raising awareness and increasing supervision for this growing situation in our society. With cable, internet and print readily available today, we notice that bullying is not only, more common than one would hope for, but is happening on a daily basis throughout our entire world. Child bullying has existed in neighborhoods and schools for centuries. And, American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center, Source: National Education

Association alicetx.com web April 1, 2013 The latest statistics show that 37% of American workers have been bullied at work and bullying affects half of American adults in the U.S. The chances of being bullied in the workplace are 1 in 6. October 3, 2012 Workplace Bullying. Source: Lunch and Learn Sessions bridgew.edu web April 1, 2013. When dealing with the bully it helps to know how they operate. And, before we can discuss why people bully, we need to have a clear understanding of what bullying is and then we can figure out how to prevent bullying from starting. Do we have laws to protect the victim from the bully? What are the laws concerning bullying in the United States? Bullying is the aggressive behavior arising from the deliberate intent to cause physical or psychological distress to others. All bullies show two distinct characteristics, aggression and intent, but the deciding factor that determines a bully is that of their conflict triggering behaviors. Research shows there are two types of bullies: proactive and reactive, both exhibit a number of common traits and forces that define their personalities and contribute to the motives for their actions. A proactive bully behaves in a controlled, unfeeling, deliberate manner. This bully delivers aggression with the hope of achieving a goal, like coercion and domination, rather than as a response to an external threat. The forces behind these bullies are goals and competition driven behaviors. Both are standard behaviors but add power and aggression and you're facing a bully. In schools, these bullies thrive through competitive sports and scholastics. Schools support competition and goal driven behavior,

unknowingly reinforcing the unhealthy bully. In the workplace, these unhealthy bullies thrive even more so. They are perceived as intelligent, significant contributors and aggressive managers, tolerated because they continue to achieve the organization's goals. When they achieve their goals, these bullies are reinforced to continue in their unhealthy behaviors. Until our schools and workplaces acknowledge their bullies and refuse to tolerate their damaging behaviors, we will continue to have unhealthy bullies emerging as the "survival of the fittest". Bullies and Victims from the Schoolyard to the Boardroom, Patricia S. Whitehouse, page 2. The second type of bully is the reactive bully. The reactive bully may be a victim at home and a bully at school or, a school victim turned avenger. Both the proactive and the reactive bully may escalate minor conflicts; however, there are several behavior...
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