Bullying can take several forms: insults, shaming, threats, identity attacks, disrespect, unwanted contact, betrayals. These can happen to individuals or groups, personally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.
What does bullying look like?
- Insults are disrespectful comments or actions.
- When shaming, the bully is trying to belittle a person or group.
- A threat expresses the intention to cause harm to an individual, group, or material objects.
- An attack on identity may be words or actions against an individual or group’s locale, race, religion, profession, or anything an individual or group may adhere to.
- Disrespect is a show of contempt, which indicates a lack of acceptance on the part of the abuser.
- Unwanted contact means undesired physical contact. Unwanted contact can even be legalized or culturally accepted. Corporal punishment, imprisonment, shooting, and rape are extreme examples of this.
- Betrayal is a breach of trust. Gossip, or sharing personal information intended to be confidential falls into this category.
One thing is for sure: the bully wants power and control over the people they are targeting.