Bullying. From the playground to cyberspace, for victims it can be a minefield of teasing, taunting, threatening, shunning, and sometimes physical harm. Studies show while bullies themselves act tough, their actions are often a tool to conceal shame or anxiety or to boost self-esteem. By demeaning others, the abuser feels empowered.
Emily Bazelon is senior editor at Slate, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She’s the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.
Charles “Chuck” Williams, MGCOD, Ph.D., is a Stoneleigh Fellow
Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University.