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The Aftermath of Bullying

The Aftermath of Bullying

Bullying has always been one of the prevailing issues around the world. Bullying is the exhibition of abnormal behavior stimulated or triggered by several causes. It is marked by the repetitive urge of bringing harm to others. It can occur due to a number of causes, at a number of places, anytime, anywhere.


Causes of bullying:

Bullying can be driven by psychological factors or non-psychological factors. Major factors that cause bullying are listed below:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic stress ……
And the list continues. All of the above mentioned causes require medical attention. If faced by any, please refer to a medic. Offer your health the attention it requires.


Having faith and confidence in oneself marks the presence of self-esteem. Both the lack and exaggeration of this factor is likely to turn lethal.

Inferiority complex:

  • This condition is marked by the lack of self-esteem and confidence in oneself. It can occur due to parenting styles, social unacceptability etc. It can even be self-driven in many instances. This feeling of inferiority can result in the accumulation of hatred followed by aggression and ultimately bullying.

Superiority complex:
  • This condition is marked by the exaggeration of self-esteem and the feeling of superiority over others. Simultaneously, causing oneself to believe that the other people around you are inferior. This feeling can also result in anger and hatred directed towards the others. Successively, bullying can follow up.
Types and forms of Bullying:

Bullying can occur in a number of forms and at a number of places as mentioned earlier. Following are some types of bullying you might encounter frequently:

Verbal Bullying:
  • Name calling
  • Insulting
  • Racist Remarks
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm
Physical Bullying:
  • Kicking
  • Punching
  • Pinching
  • Tripping or pushing someone
  • Breaking or taking someone’s belongings
  • Exhibiting inappropriate hand gestures

Social Bullying:
  • Damaging someone’s reputation
  • Telling others not to be friends with someone
  • Deliberately spreading false rumors
  • Leaving someone out on purpose
Cyber Bullying:
  • Threatening someone online
  • Posting hurtful content against someone
  • Spreading false rumors online
  • Posting nasty gossip online

Impacts of Bullying:

On the victim:

  • Low self esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fear
  • Injuries
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Aggression
  • Mental Health problems
  • Drug use
On the bully:
  • Feeling of false accomplishment
  • Hatred by the society
  • Moral incompetence
  • Risk of being targeted for uncommitted crimes
  • Legal actions by concerned authorities

How to know if you’re being bullied?

Bullying can be as simple as being mocked at and as worse as severe physical abuse. If you’re experiencing any behavioral actions towards yourself that make you uncomfortable, it might be a red flag.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If the form of bullying is just verbal or gestural, then stand up against the bully and tell the person that you find it uncomfortable and intolerable and therefore, he/she/they should stop. Also notify a trustworthy person about everything.

  • If they still do not stop immediately rush for help from teachers, parents, security etc.

  • If you’re stranded in a very unpleasant situation such as beating, torture then find a way to call a helpline and notify them. Rush to a safer place surrounded with people.

  • If you’re being bullied, always try to keep the people around you aware of it. In case of blackmailing by the bully, gather up the courage to tell the people around you.

  • Anti-bullying laws and policies do exist. Therefore, do not be scared. You can also report online if this option is available in your country. You can also report to the police. Although it might sound unpleasant but it doesn’t necessarily have to be you who should place the report. By doing so, you can save many others from becoming the victim and this can also give the bully a chance to get back to a normal life.
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