Bullies in mainstream media are often portrayed by burly kids at school. They take others’ lunches for fun or beat up the victims who say no to what they want. Moreover, the popular classmates with superiority complex have bullying tendencies as well. Instead of getting physical, however, they tend to humiliate their less-famous peers or set them up for disaster.
While this depiction is excellent learning material for children, it does not prepare young and mature adults for the possibility that there might still be bullies at work. These brooding figures do not stay in school forever, you know. They grow up like you and, worse, enter the same company that you do. If they did not outgrow the bad behavior, you and your colleagues might fall into their bullying acts.
So, if you don’t want to become someone’s laughingstock and jeopardize your mental health in the process, you better remember the following things.
1. This Person Must Be Insecure
Thinking about all the bullies you have encountered so far, you may notice that most – if not all – of them feel insecure. For instance, one may come from a broken home, whereas the other is not very smart. Because of that, they target folks who either have a happy family or are so intelligent that they don’t need to consult notes.
2. S/He May Be Jealous Of Your Success
It has been proven a gazillion times that envious people resort to bullying. It is their last-ditch attempt to knock you off the pedestal where your colleagues placed you, regardless if you deserve the post or not. This behavior seems familiar for individuals you surpassed due to your incredible talents.
3. The Bully Is An Attention-Seeker
If someone gets used to being the apple of everyone’s eyes for a long time, he or she may not want to share the spotlight with anyone. That greed for attention can often lead a person to hog all the praising that your colleagues throw. Usually, that’s everything they can think about; that’s why they end up losing the respect of the people around them.
4. That Fellow May Need A Friend
Trying to understand a bully does not mean that you should allow him or her to walk all over you. It won’t be necessary to gather all your other friends to gang up on that person, but you can set him or her straight so that he or she won’t attempt to do it once more. Then, when everything is calm between the two of you, it is ideal to strike a conversation with him or her and be the friend that he or she perhaps needs (hopefully).
If you inform your loved ones that you prefer to talk to the bullying figure in your life than fight him or her, they might ask, “Are you out of your mind?” However, you know by now that not everyone is eternally evil. Some of them fear getting bullied; others merely wish to feel loved. They used a negative approach to achieve their goals – that is true – but that’s where you can come and help them.
Give these thoughts a whirl the next time you meet a bully, will you? Cheers!