Table of Contents
- What Is Emotional Bullying?
- Types of Bullying
- Emotional or Mental Bullying Examples
- Effects of Emotional Bullying
- Preventing Emotional Bullying
- Lesson Summary
The definition of emotional bullying is the use of words to tease, mock, or isolate another person. Emotional bullying, as the name suggests, targets a person's emotions. I can affect their joy, optimism, self-trust, self-worth, and confidence. When a person is emotionally bullied, they are likely to be negatively affected and can portray signs of fear, self-doubt, insecurity, hate, and feelings of unworthiness. Also called mental bullying, this type of bullying is a form of emotional abuse that affects an individual's mental health and can subject victims to guilt and shame.
There are various types of bullying that individuals can experience. Some types of bullying are easily noticeable, while others can go unnoticed. Types of bullying include:
Emotional or mental bullying can have various forms. One common form of emotional bullying is cyberbullying. This generally refers to posting, sending, or sharing negative, false, mean, or harmful comments about someone electronically. An example of cyberbullying could also be taking embarrassing pictures of a person in private and sharing them online without the person's consent. Cyberbullying can take place on messaging platforms, gaming platforms, or social media. In the current world, social media is a major source of bullying.
Mental bullying can also occur in religious settings. In these instances, people who act against a religion's rule or belief may face religious exclusion, or isolation. For example, certain religions prohibit their followers from having extramarital affairs. Using demeaning language toward a person who has had an affair to intimidate them or isolate them from the religious community would be an example of emotional bullying, which could greatly affect the person's self-worth.
Emotional bullying can also take place in the form of comments regarding physical appearance, which may be particularly hurtful if the person has little control over the physical aspect under criticism. With the popularity of social media, there are different standards for what is acceptable in terms of appearance, and people who are not considered to meet these standards may be criticized. For example, making negative comments about a person's weight gain or loss is a form of emotional bullying. Celebrities often face bullying based on their physical appearance online.
The use of derogatory terms and slurs, which describe individuals in a negative way, is also emotional bullying. For example, terms for mental or physical disabilities that express inferiority are considered derogatory. These kinds of terms are very sensitive and can affect a person's self-esteem.
All individuals are different and can exhibit different behaviors after undergoing emotional bullying. The effects of emotional bullying include:
Various strategies can be incorporated in order to avoid emotional bullying. These include:
Emotional bullying or mental bullying is the use of words to isolate, mock, or tease another individual. Emotional bullying targets an individual's emotions, confidence, and self-worth. Examples of this type of bullying include the use of derogatory names, religious exclusion, and cyberbullying. Cyberbullying occurs when the victims are subjected to false, harmful, or mean comments electronically, often on social media. Social media is a significant source of emotional bullying among individuals today.
Victims of emotional bullying portray different behaviors. The effects of bullying can include depression, lack of self-esteem, and suicide. Everyone should take action to prevent emotional bullying because the impact can affect individuals for a lifetime. Some strategies to avoid or prevent emotional bullying include identifying a bullying problem, talking to the victims, advocating, and facilitating a healthy environment that does not tolerate bullying.
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Create a poster, chart, or some other type of graphic organizer that lists the three elements of emotional bullying as noted in the example of Frank. At the top of your graphic organizer, provide the definition of emotional bullying.
Example: One element is having been bullied by other people.
Make a list of five long-term effects of emotional bullying. You can refer to the lesson, but try to recall as many as you can from memory.
Example: Self-harm and/or suicide.
In approximately two paragraphs, write an essay that explains why emotional bullying can be more damaging than physical bullying. Also make sure your essay addresses why emotional bullying is on the increase.
Example: The effects of emotional bullying sometimes require professional help to address.
Write an essay of approximately one to two pages that describes how emotional bullying can be stopped. Be sure to address the elements of recognizing the problem, being an advocate, and creating a healthy environment. Also explain in your essay why emotional bullying is often a silent problem.
Example: Being an advocate means that you speak up when you witness emotional bullying.
Emotional bullying has negative effects on an individual's mental health. These effects can include low self-esteem, isolation, depression, and suicide.
Emotional bullying is a form of abuse in which individuals use words to isolate, mock, criticize or scare others. Emotional abuse targets a person's emotions, which can affect their self-esteem and confidence.
Emotional abuse is the attempt to control, frighten, or isolate another individual. Emotional abuse does not include physical violence but can involve violent threats.
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