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I now will begin my posts on the topic of BULLYISM and end my discussions on RACISM. This “ism” is equally as destructive as the cancer of racism and is as violent and hateful as the actions and beliefs of those who are afflicted with this dysfunctional and violent disorder.
Upon my research on the compilation of the definitions of BULLYISM, the American Psychological Association ( of which I am a clinical member) their definition of this behavior is that it is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle action. The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.
In future posts, I will provide additional definitions of this term, bullyism. As noted in the above definition, bullyism is not just focused on the behavior of children but can also be applied to adults. I will describe the various types of bullyism such as verbal, social, physical and cyberbullism.
The graphics noted above do provoke the feelings and depictions of the concept of bullys and hopefully will whet your interest in this topic. I will also, in the following posts, describe my next children’s book, NICKI NICE’S BULLY, which does introduce the young reader to a new friend who helps the child understand bullys and the cause of their hurtful behavior.At the end of this book, Nicki Nice does help the reader find a way to cope with a bully and change his behavior. This book will be the first of five series of books on Nicki Nice, a nice friend, who will inform young readers about learning problems, divorce, sibling rivalry and a death in the family. Nicki Nice’s views are represented by the experiences and opinions of my granddaughter, Nicole. Yes, I will be posting on all of those topics in my future Blogs.
It is hoped that you will let us hear your voice and what you are feeling about adult bullies in your life and, perhaps, in the life of your children and grandchildren.