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Peer Pressure and Bullying Social pressure can take many different forms, including intimidation, bullying and even physical attacks. If you feel you could be a victim or perpetrator (who wishes to stop) of bullying, talk about it here.

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Why do people bully other people? - October 20th 2012, 02:35 PM

I genuinely want to know why. Why do they do it? What do they gain? I was bullied in school and I never understood why. I was an awkward teenager but that's no excuse to bully someone.

I don't know if I'm just being stupid but I can't see why anyone would WANT to upset an innocent person so badly.


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Re: Why do people bully other people? - October 20th 2012, 03:08 PM

They're either genuinely shit people who do it for fun, or use it to hide behind their own insecurities.
   
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Re: Why do people bully other people? - October 20th 2012, 03:50 PM

People bully because they need a way out from their own problems, they pretty much vent their anger on people that they see are vulnerable. It's sad that they have to be that way to others, but don't let bullying get to you.

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Re: Why do people bully other people? - October 20th 2012, 04:05 PM

Hey,

There's a range of reasons why someone may want to bully someone else. One of them could be the power they gain from it; the fact that they can make themselves look like the stronger one who has more social control over a 'weaker' person. It could be that they want to look better in front of their friends, that they feel the need to make themselves fit in with the way they see the people they hang around with. I know at my school people are really nice on their own, but when they're with their friends they're suddenly rude and not very friendly.

Aside from this, some may do it because they were once bullied and this is their way to cope. They think that by doing it to someone else, they'll feel better in themselves because they're no longer the target. It may also be because they have their own problems. IT doesn't make it okay, but they may use bullying as a coping mechanism because they're unhappy themselves. For example, if they have home problems, say they're emotionally abused at home, going into school means they can escape that and be the stronger person. It's a whole different social system at school, they can be who they want to be, and if they want to be the strong, 'cool' person, they may bully someone to do that.

Alternatively, they could just be nasty peoeple. IT's a shame, but some people do it because they enjoy it and because that's who they are. I couldn't tell you why, it doesn't make sense to me, but that could also be the reason.

I hope this has helped a bit.
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