The Bully Inside

If we don’t accept our imperfect selves, how much of our tendency to gather "facts," form opinions, and label others brings us to the brink of bullying?

All-Female "Lord of the Flies" Remake

How would a Muslim girl, a transgender boy, a girl suffering from autism (and, of course, a female 'Piggy') influence dynamics in an all-female Lord of the Flies remake?

Back to School: Packing Your Emotional Backpack

Witnessing the pain of our children—the shutting down and withdrawal—may reawaken feeling-traps of our own, and cause us to respond in disproportionate ways.

Bystanders and Boundaries

Has this happened to you? You're chatting with a friend, when suddenly, they lean a bit closer and begin to confide in you about a mutual friend...and expect you will take sides?

The Para-professional–Student Relationship

Para-professionals wield tremendous power over their charges. After reading “My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help me; instead, she Bullied me” I went looking for an interview.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?

How Am I Supposed to Feel?

“Take a deep breath and walk away” is advice that often translates as “continue to take it.”

What are 'Horizontal Hostilities?'

Horizontal hostilities occur between groups whom one would expect to have close affinities. "Compromise" becomes the stuff of betrayal, more heinous than straight-out opposition.

The Emily Houser Hate Party

18 year old Emily Houser reported her boss for sexual harassment. Her co-workers response? A “F*ck Emily Houser” hate party—complete with a sheet cake expressing that sentiment

Are We All Haters?

"All my friends in New York define themselves by what they hate,” says Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah Horvath, on Girls.

Bullying, Identity, and the "Escape from Freedom"

“If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism.” Erich Fromm, 1941.

Yes Virginia, Family Members Can be Bullies

Family tables are where we first learn that our silence keeps us out of the line of fire. Yet be wary of addressing the disrespect of the present AND the slights of holidays past.

Rhetoric, Violence, and Redemption

Social pain—rejection, shame, disrespect—resonates in the "pain center" of the brain, impairing cognitive capacities. This opens the door for violent responses to Trump's rhetoric.

What Can We Tell Our Children About the Bully Who Won?

There simply are no answers to our children's questions. What there are, though, are responses—responses that break the collusive silence that tacitly endorses bullying.

Can ‘Death Doulas’ Shield You From Bullying Around Funerals?

INTERVIEWER: Tell me more about how you interrupt bullying tactics—how you prevent folks from being harassed or made to feel incompetent throughout this difficult process

The NFL Is Enforcing New Taunting Penalties

How will athletes respond to public humiliation? To 'penalties in kind' that strip them of respect, playing time, even jobs?

Response to'The School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying Lie'

Juxtaposing the emergence of bullying as a contemporary social problem against the emergence of domestic violence as a social problem during the 60s and 70s is instructive.

Undermining "Black Lives Matter"?

The Blue movement can ALSO be legitimately viewed as co-opting the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, undermining its power; perverting its sentiment.

Open Letter to Hillary

Lest you come off as a privileged bully who has no accountability, you must come clean.

Is Parental Authority 'Bullying'?

Perhaps we model (non-physical) aggressions in our homes, even as we decry the (re)enactment of these behaviors on the playground, in the hallways, on the bus, in the cafeteria.

Gay Rights vs. Religious Intolerance

Think of the Emancipation Proclamation, or Civil Rights Act of 1964: both drew battle lines, and signaled the start of the ‘real fight.’

Where Are Bystander Interventions to Trump's Bullying?

In this reversal, the true ‘bystanders’ are Trump’s supporters, who rally behind the victim-turned-avenger, standing up to the henchmen of the liberal bullies—the liberal press.

Female, Over 50, and Over-qualified

Is the continued under-employment of professional women in a post-recession job market discriminatory, or an instance of institutionalized bullying?

HB2 as Cultural Narrative

What must it be like to have 'dread'—and perhaps even 'shame' and 'inadequacy'—coded into brain circuitry linked to the urge to use a bathroom?

Finding Professional Help for Victims of Bullying

Sadly, parents might need to decide whether they should drain college savings accounts in order to get their child the professional help they need to get through high school.

Blurred Lines

Where, exactly, is the line between affirming shared values and cruelly excluding others? When do stances that ratify one’s own positions become rejection and bullying?

Trump, Bullying, and Narcissistic Culture

The mockery launched at detractors (anyone “un-American” enough to have alternate points of view) is undergirded by a sense of patriotism that meshes well with the me-generation...

Trump, Bullying, and Narcissism

Social aggressions can be re-cast when the narrative is one of a mythic lone rebel taking justice into his own hands, or David taking on Goliath (America loves an underdog).

Trigger Warnings, Micro-aggressions and Bullying

Today, adding films like The Rapture or A Clockwork Orange to my syllabus might make me a bully—and wishing someone a "Merry Christmas" might be a micro-aggression.

Should Bullying be Made Illegal?

Police Chief Ault authored an ordinance that fines the parents of repeat offenders of bullying. The ordinance, which imposes a $124 fine, turns school disciplinary codes into law.

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