Reasons Why Bullying is Wrong
Because It’s Wrong: Bullies vs. Nazis is a guidebook authored by psychiatric technician and anti-bullying advocate, Lydia Greico. It serves as a teaching tool to help people, especially parents, recognize the patterns of bullying and put an end to it. Having been a victim herself, Lydia Greico knows exactly the devastating effects of bullying on victims. She knows for a fact that bullying is wrong and that there is no justifiable reason for it.
Besides Lydia Greico, hundreds and thousands of people from around the world have suffered or are still suffering from the continued presence of bullying. For many years, it has been on a rampage. It exists almost everywhere – at school, in the workplace, at home, and more. It victimizes people indiscriminately, but most especially the weak and the vulnerable. To learn more about why bullying is wrong, this article briefly points out its brutal effects in the following sections.
Bullying involves violence
More often than not, bullying incorporates violence. It involves the repeated and intentional use of actions that cause distress and injury against a person or a group of people. This is often referred to as direct or face-to-face bullying. It involves such physical actions as hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, shoving, and more.
The physical effects of bullying can be quite obvious and immediate. It can cause damages and injuries that may sometimes lead to fatality. Broken bones, bruises, and scars are the immediate manifestation of being physically bullied. Other than these, there are also physical problems that may develop over time due to the ongoing stress and trauma of being bullied. These include headaches, stomachaches, heart palpitations, chronic pain, and somatization (i.e., the occurrence of one or more physical complaints that medical evaluation or check-up cannot explain).
Bullying affects the mental health of a victim
Aside from physical problems, victims also incur problems with their mental health after being repeatedly bullied. These mental health effects are more long-lasting than the physical ones. They are often difficult to treat and may recur at any point in time. These include anxiety, depression, low-esteem, and more. Sometimes, bullying can also cause a person to develop sleep disturbances such as insomnia and even nightmares.
The mental effects of bullying can also lead to other more serious problems. Among student victims, for example, the development of mental health issues caused by bullying can greatly affect academic performance. Students who suffer from anxiety or depression often incur low grades and perform poorly at school. In extreme cases, the mental effects of bullying, if left untreated, can also lead to suicide. According to various studies, there is a strong link between suicide and bullying. In the United States, for example, it was found that victims of bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide compared to non-victims. Over the recent years, the number of bullying-related suicides has dramatically increased around the world.
Bullying breeds criminals
According to various studies on the effects of bullying, people who were bullied throughout their childhood and adolescence are more likely to face criminal conviction later in their lives compared to those who were not bullied. For example, in the research conducted by Michael Turner, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina, it was found that about 14 per cent of the individuals who reported being bullied repeatedly from childhood through their teenage years (i.e., up to 18 years old) ended up serving time in prison. This is in comparison to the 6 per cent of imprisoned individuals who did not experience bullying at all.
Apparently, people who were victimized by bullies at any point in time have higher chances of delinquency, substance abuse, arrests, and convictions in adulthood. At the extreme end, these people may even end up being extreme criminals such as murderers or serial killers. This is because bullying, if taken too far, has the potential to cause a person to develop anti-social traits. These anti-social traits may then morph into sociopathy, which is often linked to criminal behavior.
In conclusion, no one can deny that bullying is wrong. No matter the purpose or intention, there is never going to be a justifiable reason for bullying. Its brutal effects are immense and enduring. It leaves a scar on its victims that often lasts a lifetime. For this reason, books like Because It’s Wrong: Bullies vs. Nazis are a necessary read for everyone. As the number of bullying-related suicides increases each year, it is high time for people to discuss about bullying with an increased sense of urgency.