Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015
Lecturer, Department of Post Graduate Studies in English
Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Bhopal M. P.
The American Psychological Association defines bullying as, “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.
The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.” (http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/)
Bullying is expressing dominance over a weaker person who lacks means of defense. It may or may not involve violence. A lot of bullies dominate a weaker person to become socially acceptable or simply to enjoy the surge of power it provides them. Some bullies are victims themselves and are basically mimicking their own bullies. Often when bullying is not stopped by an outside force such as the intervention of authorities, it is seen as nothing wrong by the society. Sometimes the society itself sets bad examples that led to similar cases of bullying.
Not all bullies are strong enough to embarrass or humiliate a person up front and choose a medium. Electronic media being discreet and allows one to easily hide or twist one’s identity, serves as the most appropriate medium. We have all heard of harassment done through fake accounts of the victim where sensitive information is passed around and reaches a huge crowd in a matter of minutes.