Who Bullies

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE

potential bullies have a number of common features. Again, it must be emphasized that these points are just the main trends. All the same, it is likely that an active bully will have one or more of the following characteristics.

It has often been presumed that bullies are anxious and unsure of themselves underneath their tough surface. However, research finds that bullies are characterized by either unusually low or about average levels of anxiety and insecurity. Their self-image is also about average or even relatively positive.

Some bullies are popular, others are not. A bully will often have a group of two or three friends who provide him or her with support

IT HAS OFTEN BEEN THOUGHT THAT BULLIES ARE ANXIOUS AND UNSURE OF THEMSELVES UNDERNEATH THEIR TOUGH SURFACE.

and often join in the bullying. However, the popularity of the bully lessens at the higher class/grade levels.

Boys in this group are often stronger than their peers and, in particular, their victims.

They view violence more favorably than most students do.

They are often aggressive toward adults, both parents and teachers.

They have a marked need to dominate and suppress other students, to assert themselves by means of force and threats, and to get their own way.

They are often hot-tempered, impulsive, and not very tolerant of obstacles and delays (frustrations).

They find it difficult to fit in with rules.

They appear to be tough and show little sympathy toward students who are bullied.

They are good at talking their way out of difficult situations.

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