How Bullying Affects People

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Do you know how bullying affects people? Maybe you were bullied at one point and can answer that question somewhat. If you weren't or don't know for sure, read this lesson to find out how bullying affects children and adults.

What Is Bullying?

Arve came home crying from school one day. His mom asked him what was wrong. Arve said that he was approached by two classmates during recess, and they began to poke him and make fun of his accent. They called him all sorts of names, and other kids joined in too. No one stepped in to help Arve.

Arve was bullied. Bullying refers to aggressive and often repeated behavior among people (including adults) where the perpetrator (bully) behaves aggressively towards the victim in such a way that the victim feels powerless and/or threatened.

Let's find out how bullying affects people.

How Bullying Affects Children

Children like Arve may be subject to bullying in many places, including school, the playground, and the like. Very superficially, we may suspect that bullying only involves some crying, sadness, and that's kind of it. It goes away with time, and there's not much more to it. But Arve's mom knows better. That's simply not the case. She tells us that Arve has a lot more problems related to bullying than just crying and sadness. These include:

  • Physical complaints like headaches and stomach pain
  • Insomnia, or difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
  • Emotional issues involving low self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, depression, and suicidal thoughts

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