Bullying hurts

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Maya Angelou

According to Wikipedia:

Bullying is a form of abuse. It comprises repeated acts over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing those who are less powerful.[2] The power imbalance may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a target.

Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal and physical. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such aspsychological manipulation. Bullying can be defined in many different ways. Although the UK currently has no legal definition of bullying,[3]some US states have laws against it.[4]

Bullying in school and the workplace is also referred to as peer abuse.[5] Robert W. Fuller has analyzed bullying in the context of rankism.

Bullying can occur in any context in which human beings interact with each other. This includes school, church, the workplace, home and neighborhoods. It is even a common push factor in migration. Bullying can exist between social groups, social classes and even between countries (see Jingoism).

I am quite happy to see that now people are taking into consideration this matter. I suffered from bullying for several years and what people don’t understand is that you take this for the rest of your life.

People may think: ‘It’s just a matter of time, eventually, when school finishes, everything will be ok.’

It is not ok. The bruises may fade away, but the pain remains the same, and you get obsessive, insecure, you don’t trust people anymore. Nowadays I try not to isolate myself from people, but I often feel that people don’t want to be around me, or that they get bored easily when I talk. These are the feelings that remains and accompany whoever has been bullied. You often feel that people are trying to hurt you, that if you trust them, you’ll get hurt.

I was only hurt emotionally, but was like I was beaten up.  I hate the feeling I often feel, that people are always talking about me. For that reason, I try to keep my distance, I don’t really get involved anymore. It is also hard when you don’t feel understood, when you don’t have somebody to talk to. It’s just sad. Now, there is much more attention to this matter, so I hope kids don’t have to go through what I did.

You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Joel Osteen


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