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Helen Murphy Howell says
You make a good point. So the question is: Is the bullying behavior a way to cope with the reasons they are so nasty or mean, be it social or mental problems, or is bullying an emotional illness unto itself.
When somebody is trying to bully me and I'm in a mean mood, I verbally eat the flesh off their face. - My story @ http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/98537
I think you've also made a good point. I think some 'nastiness' will come from anger and perhaps even self loathing, that is then projected out onto those they bully. Others I think have deep rooted cruelty - mental illness or just born cruel?
Seeker7 your points are excellent. The only think I would add, which your points reminded me of, is the lessons or examples set at home. If Dad is a bully. The son will probably follow.
Hi Larry, Yes! I've seen that with one family. Interestingly one of the sons did grow up just like his bully Dad. But the other, older son and the two daughters were very placid, almost reserved/timid.
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Rina Pinto says
I am in 98 percent agreement with you. There is a small minority of bullies who are just mean and they do not need, though they usually have, any kind of support group. His supporters are usually afraid of him and try to stay on his good side.
Seen too many of such cases in schools. Encountered it with my son's school and I approached the bully. Showed him that I could break a pencil with just one finger. From that day onwards, he dare not bully my son.
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R. Fritz says
I don't know if all bullies are in fear. I have come across some I "knew" in high school and they are still bullies, less physical, but still abusive.