Magazine article Psychology Today

7 Bully Myths

Magazine article Psychology Today

7 Bully Myths

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MYTH: Bullies seek power because they feel powerless.

Bullies use aggression in a calculated, dominating way to get what they want, and often it works. Many children experiment with power tactics early on but give them up in adolescence.

MYTH: Children who become bullies were themselves previously abused.

Long-term studies of very young children who experienced abuse in preschool show that they become victims-not bullies-who have little control over their emotions.

MYTH: Bullying is a problem for schools to solve.

"It's a societal problem. School is where it happens, because that's where children gather," says Pepler. "Adults set the tone that shapes behavior for the children." Notes Schwartz, "There is no research showing which school variables predict who gets bullied or not."

MYTH: The best way to manage a bully is to fight back.

Physical confrontation is the weaker position and encourages bulliesto continue. …

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