Learn about the causes of Bullying & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Bullying within New Zealand.
Bullying is the intentional act of causing physical or emotional harm to other people through assault, harassment, manipulation or coercion. Bullying can take place wherever there is social interaction (school, work, home, online) and is characterised by aggressive behaviour to gain control and power over another person. Bullies use verbal abuse, written abuse, physical abuse or social exclusion. Bullying is often due to the bully feeling inadequate, jealous or perhaps being bullied themselves.
Causes of bullying
People are bullied for a variety of reasons including race, religion,
appearance, disability or sexual orientation. Sometimes there is no
apparent reason for bullying. People who bully do so for reasons of
inadequacy, jealousy or a history of being bullied themselves. Bullying
is present in cases of harassment, abuse and discrimination and the
problem affects children and adults typically in the home, school or
Child bullying can take many forms and bullies will use cunning ways to hide their actions from figures of authority such as teachers.
Tactics bullies may use include:
Symptoms of bullying
Bullying can cause a number of physical and psychological conditions
typically due to prolonged levels of stress. Bullying is upsetting and
can lead to mental problems such as depression or physical conditions
such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Where physical abuse is present, a person may have cuts or bruising although these can be on areas of the body that aren't always visible such as the torso, arms or legs. Targeting these areas is a tactic used by bullies to avoid detection
Diagnosis of bullying
The person being bullied will need to speak to someone in order for the problem to be recognised and dealt with by the appropriate authority figure. This isn't always easy especially for children. There are certain signs to look for should you suspect a child is being bullied: