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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 Bullying | The Wellness Directory

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 workplace.

Child Bullying

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:

  • Teasing
  • Spreading malicious rumours
  • Causing physical harm
  • Damaging or stealing belongings
  • Threatening or intimidating
  • Sending offensive text messages
  • Posting nasty messages on social networking websites
  • Making silent or abusive phone calls
  • Namecalling
  • Taking friends away

Adult bullying
Bullying and victimisation happens to adults as well as children and an estimated 18 million working days are lost each year due to bullying in the workplace.

Workplace bullying can take many forms including:

  • Rudeness
  • Ignoring an individual
  • Dismissing valid work contributions
  • Unacceptable criticism
  • Increasing and overloading an individual with work
  • Excessive monitoring
  • Humiliation

 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 (ME).

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:

  • Becoming withdrawn, disinterested in activity, losing confidence
  • Afraid to go to school
  • Refusing to walk into school and asking to be driven
  • Regularly claiming to be ill in the morning
  • Playing truant
  • Poor school performance
  • Returning home with clothing torn or possessions stolen
  • Regularly returning home feeling hungry (school lunch money stolen)
  • Becoming distressed and anxious
  • Crying at night
  • Stealing money
  • Refusing to talk about what's wrong
  • Unexplained injuries such as cuts and bruises
  • Bullying siblings
  • Aggressive and unreasonable behaviour

*Source: GoToSee.co.uk

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