Break The Bully

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  1. Owain Taggart

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    No, I think you're quite right, Kes. Which is why I've tried pushing myself into things I would never have thought to do, such as pushing myself out of my shell. A lot of it has to do with the pyschological aspect of it and how deeply bullying has affected us as persons though. In the end, we just try to live our life day to day. :) In other words, like I've mentioned earlier in the thread, I've used those experiences to better myself, and I wouldn't have mentioned them if it weren't for this thread as it's not something I often talk about or dwell on, and it's felt therapeutic in a way.
     
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  2. MacLeod

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    ^Yep it's the pyschological aspect of it. Many peope who are bullied do not dwell on it years later. But it would be foolish not to acknowledge that it has more than likely played a part in making whom you are today. I'm more or less happy with who I am today, yes I'm somewhat shy and an introvert, but I don't see the need to change just to suit others either accept me for me or not.
     
  3. Owain Taggart

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    Yeah, and in fact, what the bullying has helped me learn is to be more accepting towards others, and that's an important life lesson. Kind of ironic when you think about it, but it's given me a wider appreciation for life in general. Sorry if that sounds cheesy, but it kind of gave me a new spectrum, if that makes any sense.
     
  4. iguana_tonante

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    That's exactly the thought pattern I was trying to address, and the effect on people's behaviour. Thanks for explaining it better that I ever could.
     
  5. Nerys Ghemor

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    This is pretty much what I was going to say: people shouldn't whine about hearing people's stories and feelings about being bullied and characterize it as obsessing on the subject when a) the OP clearly wanted an open and frank discussion on the topic and invited contributions and b) those who don't want to hear it could see what this thread was about and had a choice whether or not to open it. It's not like it was foisted upon anybody unwillingly.

    It's not like I spend every day moping about what happened in my past or that I am not a functioning adult with a good, full-time job. But if someone asks the question, others should not be surprised when they get honest answers detailing the facts of what happened to those of us who experienced bullying.
     
  6. teacake

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    I never think about it on my own but when the topic comes up anywhere it's immediately there, not in theory but a past lived experience. The way it has affected my adult life is that if I thought my kid was being bullied and the school wasn't dealing with it I would and have turned into a ferocious tiger parent.

    I was going to say it makes you raise your own children to be defenders of the weak and more compassionate but I reckon 99% of parents would say that's what they do. I'm not sure what causes bullies, especially in the very early years. I'm assuming there are points scored in a schools social hierarchy by squashing lesser people. Having existed completely outside of that hierarchy for my whole school life it's still more theory than understanding for me.

    :vulcan: <--personal childhood hero
     
  7. Gul Re'jal

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    I don't whine about it everyday either. But understanding what had happened to me helps me deal with the scars. It helps me to tell myself that I'm not a walking monster but that my own perception is severely warped. I'm not objective when looking at myself. I'm seeing me through their insults. Knowing it helps me heal, even if it's a very slow process.
     
  8. Kestra

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    I'm sorry that you felt my contribution consisted of whining. It wasn't my intent.
     
  9. rhubarbodendron

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    Just look at all the people who have come out of the closet in this thread and admitted to having been bullied and to the aftereffects they still suffer from. I'd never have expected such a massive, interesting and highly instructional feedback! It shows us that we are not alone. And we're beginning to feel like a group.

    Also, talking about a problem is the first step to healing. It gives us a chance to let off the pressure before we explode.
    And since nobody can be tough and strong all the time, whining is totally ok, imho. Everyone needs a hug at times and fishing for one doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. Particularly in this thread where there are people who have been through the same and therefore understand.

    So whine away, freely :) There are lots of hugs waiting. And if someone tries to bully you for whining, just give a yell and a dozen posters from this thread will take care of the bully :devil:
     
  10. iguana_tonante

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    Her defensiveness is exactly the behavior I and Deranged Nasat were talking about when he warned about "jeaolusly guarding and defending [your pain] as something sacred, something precious. Holding onto the pain feels comforting - it's familiar, and more than that you feel it's something you have a right to, that in letting it go you're betraying yourself or excusing what was done to you. You invest it with a moral righteousness that can be quite addictive." It's an interesting perspective on the issue, and in my opinion a worthwhile contribution to the discussion. Far from "whining".
     
  11. rhubarbodendron

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    good point. I have to admit I never thought of that aspect. But perhaps that's because when I think of the bullies back at school, I almost immediately start to imagine how, when I meet them again one day, I'll whack them in the face so that they'll bear my fingerprints for the rests of their lives. :devil:
     
  12. MacLeod

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    Whilst maybe not the exact sentiment, a line from Star Trek V.

    "You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!"

    Yes, you acknowledge the pain you suffered from being bullied, and yes it's part of who you are. And everyone deals with that pain in different ways, if a particular way works for someone great, but as a society we should not judge which is the correct way. By judging or infering that we are judging a particualr way we can merely be confirming that persons worse fears.
     
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  13. Deranged Nasat

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    ^ That's well said, MacLeod. For my part, like Rhubarbodendron has already noted, I think this thread's been very successful. :) A lot of us have shared some rather personal things, and there's nothing in here that I don't think is potentially useful or illuminating. Yes, there are different arguments concerning the degree to which we place significance on our experiences and feelings, and the healthiest approach to dealing with our pain, but I choose to see it as a cooperative endeavour. If any of the perspectives or arguments put forward here help someone else come to a healthier sense of their own esteem, then that's great. And as you say, each individual will have their own journey to make, and will navigate their way through the different arguments on the basis of what feels best for them. I hope that what feels best for each of us proves (or has proven) a good choice, and, if not, that we can find new ways to approach the issue.
     
  14. rhubarbodendron

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    I just can't resist that bait and simply must counter with a quote from Andromeda :D

    "My pain belongs to the Divine. It is like wind; it is like water"

    What really strikes me is how every poster in this thread has turned out to be extremely nice, compassionate, thoughtful and intelligent. That leaves the question: do only nice, smart and slightly shy people get bullied or do victims of bullying automatically become a bit shy, develop brains and are very nice?
     
  15. sonak

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    serious physical bullying or bullying that involves damage or destruction of personal belongings should be dealt with of course, and preferably by adults in authority. However, I do think that in our hyper-sensitive age, there's a tendency to over-protect, and have people step in for things that would have been seen as "kids being kids" in the past.

    Verbal teasing can suck, and I as many others have been on the receiving end of it. But it is a natural part of going through childhood, and being in school. I don't think every insult, every mean post on Facebook, etc. is a reason for teachers or parents to get involved. It ends up teaching a kid that they have a right to expect that everyone's going to be nice to them and it gives them a false sense of security that won't last when they get out of a sheltered environment.
     
  16. Gul Re'jal

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    ^ I disagree. Being verbally tormented for years in not "kids being kids." Kids can commit suicides after being verbally bullied. That hardly can be ignored and treated as a normal part of growing up!

    As for whining, carrying pain and other matters: sure it is a part of us and who we are now, but it should not define us.
     
  17. rhubarbodendron

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    you certainly have a point, Sonak, but I think one must draw a line between mere occasional teasing and long-term verbal abuse.
    The first is - there I agree with you - something that children ought to learn to solve themselves. But if it goes beyond teasing or the occasional insult and becomes a daily harrassing, adults ought to step in. It would, of course, be best if the other children would step in. That's the point of the "break the bully" initiative ( see my starting post). But until the children have the guts to stand up against unfair treatment of others, we adults must fill the gap.
     
  18. Nerys Ghemor

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    And the only way children will feel like they can stand up to bullies is if they are SURE that the adults will actually back the victim rather than the bully.

    And I agree, being tormented for years is absolutely NOT normal or just kids being kids. That's the exact mindset I'm referring to when I talk about adults backing the bullies and blaming the victims...or it can easily become that mindset.
     
  19. Owain Taggart

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    That was beautiful, Macleod, and yes, Kes made a good point. In short, we must not dwell on it as it leads to anger, and anger leads to... why, it almost sounds like Yoda :D That little fellow was quite right.

    But I think, and I hope, that all of us can see it objectively from a distance and learn from it. But as mentioned, everyone deals with it in their own way.
     
  20. rhubarbodendron

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    if the Force is with us :D
     

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