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The Bully and the Bullied Dynamic
Although not a new issue, the bully/bullied dynamic has generated much press recently. This dynamic is often miscontstrued as 'cruel' or 'mean' when it truly is an opportunity for self-awarement and empowerment.
My views on bullying have been well documented, but at times mis-quoted. Below is a collection of media and articles on this controversial subject which explain my true perceptions on why these incidents occur. I hope that by reading, watching or listening to these articles and interviews you will gain more understanding of this phenomena and help bring empowerment to you or those you love.
Anyone can be a bully - We all have moments when we could be perceived as bullies by others. It may be by our siblings, boy or girl friends, employees, waiters, salespeople or simply by others that push our buttons strongly enough. When we have our higher values challenged enough we can become quite reactive and can display the very traits we may even despise and label as part of bullying in others. Because of our internal buffers we might imagine that we are justified by our reactions and are simply responding to the situation in a manner that others might deserve, but ultimately they or others may see us as simply acting out the role of the bully. It is sometimes wise to look in the mirror when so-called bullies strike and make sure they are not reminding us of parts of ourselves that we may have not yet owned or loved. Denying, ignoring or repressing human traits won't make them vanish, but will make them simply re-emerge in alternative ways and means. Owning our traits and understanding their roles in the dynamics of the whole of social behavior is ultimately more liberating and truthful. Read the rest of this article.
Here are some interviews and articles on Bullying:
I also post daily writings and insights on Facebook. Read a few of the snippets on bullying I have posted:
Below is from my article in the Huffington Post that you can draw on for additional details:
Have you ever felt so challenged by someone that you reached your limit and became so resentful, vindictive or aggressive that you imagined yourself almost doing the unthinkable? Have you ever had so much internal turmoil or conflict over family issues or previous violence, traumas or injuries that you didn't know how to contain your internal pressure? Have you ever been so free and unconstrained without boundaries that you let yourself go beyond the normal limits, got out of control and gotten yourself into deep trouble with your family, friends or even the law? Or, have you ever envied someone that you thought had an easier, simpler or better life than you and felt jealous or envious and then vindictive and wanted to bring or cut them down to their place -- like a tall poppy -- so you could feel superior?
Well some young people have certainly felt this way at times, and without guidance and direction on how to handle these internal conflicts and socially initiated feelings, they can end up doing the unthinkable and letting out their frustration and aggression onto more vulnerable others.
Have you ever felt like you could never win an argument and just for once wanted to be right and feel empowered against those with rigid and righteous opinions? Have you ever felt that you were being controlled and overpowered and wanted to retaliate and control someone more meager to feel strong? Have you ever just felt extremely frustrated, stuck and angered because your dreams, goals or intentions seemed so far out of reach and unobtainable that your jaw and head hurt? Have you ever felt that no matter what you tried to communicate to others nobody seemed to listen, care or understand? Or have you ever desired to be the center of attention and wanted to be "numero uno" and yet you seemed to fall short of the center of focus, no matter what?
Well some young people are experiencing these feelings daily and are screaming loudly within and reaching out for solutions to their emotional and often paradoxical dilemmas. They just want to make a difference in the world and don't know exactly how they can without losing their present identity. They desire to empower themselves but cannot seem to excel in areas that others respect and are appreciative of. So they end up finding others that are also less empowered and attempt to bring them down to experience a brief fix of dopamine so they can feel less pain and internal conflict inside themselves.
Just maybe we all have the potential to become some form of bully at frustrating or challenging times -- either in our family, at work, or towards salespeople, our children or anyone we feel might be an outlet for our frustrations.
Some young people are not feeling appreciated and loved for who they truly are inside and are crying out for attention and acknowledgment. Others are not clear on what they would love to focus their constructive attention upon. And still others are feeling like they have been treated unfairly and have not been able to discover the hidden blessings. Giving these young people too much or too little freedom may not be the form of love they seek and want. A balance of freedom and constraint is in order.
It would be helpful to take the time to discover what their true higher values or priorities are and assist them in fulfilling what is truly most important in their lives. This could work wonders on transforming their attitudes and actions from ones of bullying to ones of fulfilling.
Labeling young people bullies may just be a sign that we have not mastered the art of communicating with them in a way that they feel heard, appreciated, empowered and loved. Inside every young person is a desire to do something extraordinary and amazing with their lives. Assisting them in the fulfillment of this inner dream could transform the apparent bully into a young person living fully.