Bullies are among the most feared and hated group of people who by the virtue of their aggressive and super impulsive nature has earned some not-so-music-to-ears tags.
Starting from the days of kindergarten to the professional life, we all might have been a victim of bullying to some extent. Sometimes in the form of an annoying classmate while sometimes as a dominating boss, bullies make their presence feel in some way or the other. (Learn about 5 main types of bullying)
Though you might have read a number of articles describing bullies as ‘villains’ or discussing ways to avoid or get rid of these people, today I have raised this topic to understand the psychology of bullying and what exactly goes in the making of a bully.
Behind every bully there is a bullied past
Newton’s 3rd law of motion states that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and this universal truth applies to all sphere of life.
Nothing happens without a reason; same goes with our bullies. While you might have had the perception that bullies are the people who unnecessarily annoy and terrorize weak people just for fun, reality is a bit different from this.
To understand bullies, first we have to analyze their past. Individuals who torture, annoy or bully others are, in most of the cases, the ones who were tortured the most. Adolescents with troubled and violent upbringing are more likely to develop aggressiveness in their life style and thus bullying can be viewed as an act of psychological abnormality where certain people’s inability to handle their own emotions make them impulsive or less sensitive to others. .
Observe them closely
One common thing among bullies is their love for violence.
If you can observe a bully in action, you are likely to see a deep unrest in them.
Bullying is the result of the turbulence of emotions going inside them which gets reflected in their actions.
…and in the long run, both the victim and the bully has to suffer
Hated by loved ones, neglected by parents, rejected by society and so on, these poor souls have gone through or are going through some really tough times which have resulted in this transformation. The journey from a small kid to a ‘ferocious’ beast is surely not a very pleasant one.
The fear, insecurity and the urge to seek attention makes them desperate to dominate and ill treat the ones weaker to them. It is the pain in the victim’s eyes that gives them momentary satisfaction from their own psychological problems.
The super manly bully cries alone
Nobody wants to be left alone. No human being is a born violent; circumstances force people to change. Bullies appear to us as over impulsive and strong individuals who are blessed with sound mental as well as physical strength who can handle even the most adverse situations easily.
But deep down their heart lie their pain, frustration and agony which troubles them every single day of their life; and with time the problems grow many folds.
If you ever had a friend who bullied others, you can understand what exactly I am trying to say. You might have heard him complaining about his life and the tragic incidences that trouble him. And if you have gone closer, often you would have seen him crying and cursing his life.
Okay I understood their psychology, but how to tackle them
Mahatma Gandhi was sensitive enough to quote “An eye for an eye will make the nation blind” which implies that violence cannot be an antidote to kill violence.
Now If I can relate this quote with this issue it makes sense to understand the psychology from a softer point of view.
While it is tough to avoid or resist a bully, it is tougher to understand their pain. It is clear from the above discussion that confronting, scolding or cursing a bully can hardly bring any change in them; rather the situation will deteriorate further.
So the key lies in sharing their pain. Love is perhaps the best antidote to tackle a bully. The formula is short and sweet-Take the pain out of a bully and the see the bully transform gradually in to a gentle human being.
While a lot of people will prefer to stay away from them, I personally feel that avoiding a situation can never bring the optimum solution to a problem. And since our kids are not matured enough to tackle the turbulence of their mind, we need to step in and show them the right track.
The story of Amy Payne, a young lady who made peace with her former bully class mate can be a good example to show why bullies need love too. The film made by the young lady on the subject has managed to raise awareness among people to shower love on both the bullies and the victim.
If you believe it is impossible to befriend an aggressive bully, then I guess you need to think again. No matter how frustrating it may seem, but in the long run a little kindness from us can change someone’s life.
Note to parents and guardians
Being a parent you would never want your kid to be involved, by any means, in any form of bullying.
Irrespective of whether your kid is a victim of bullying or the bully himself, in either case it is you who will be the loser. Because if not checked in time bullying will somehow distort the normal psychology of your kid in long run.
Over to you
If you have come across some serious bullying or have handled such a case please feel free to share with us.