Bullying has swept into the general public’s consciousness in the past decade more so than in any other time in our society. Awareness of the issue is a good start, because it’s a problem that’s been going on for a very long time.
But the stereotype of bullying isn’t limited to a big burly kid threatening a smaller, scrawnier kid on the playground. Bullying happens in far more ways — and in more places — than it did 20 or 30 years ago. One of the more insidious and harder-to-see forms of bullying happens online. In countless tumblrs, comment sections and smaller communities online, bullying is often the norm.
Bullying isn’t limited to kids, either. Adults suffer at the hands of bullies, too. No more famous example of that is Steve Jobs, who was probably one of the country’s biggest adult bullies. The bad example he set has mistakenly led other management executives to believe that bullying was one of the key traits leading to Apple’s success. The truth is that Apple was successful despite Jobs’ behavior — not because of it.
Which makes me very pleased to introduce our new blog on bullying, Beating the Bully: Cope with Bullying at Any Age with Katherine Prudente, LCAT, RDT. This blog will help readers understand how to overcome bullying — whether your a teen, a child or an adult. What can you do to defuse a bully’s power? How can you best cope with the feelings of being bullied?
Katherine is a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) specializing in drama therapy/psychotherapy. Katherine is also a Counselor with the Freedom Institute Independent School Program. She provides psychoeducational workshops about substance abuse, bullying/internet behavior, relational aggression, body image and sexual decision making in over 50 Independent Schools in New York City. You can learn more about her here.
Please give Katherine a warm Psych Central welcome!