Being a Bully for Self Gratification

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Being a Bully for Self Gratification? Research into a Bully’s Emotions Abstract Why do Bullies Bully? There have been many studies in the past that look at bullies and behavioral problems. But isn’t bullying actually a behavioral problem in of its self? In my research I suggest that we look at the emotional response that the bully receives from their actions. Being a Bully for Self Gratification? Research into a Bully’s Emotions Bullying has become a global epidemic. In today’s technical age we are presented with a larger playing field in which bullying can happen. In past studies the focus of bullying has been on the victim and the emotional damage they felt from being bullied. In my research I am interested in the emotional state of the Bully. Does the Bully get any sort of enjoyment from their actions? Does the Bully have these feeling before, during and or after they bully another? The first thing that we need to do is to give an operational definition to the “Bully”. While there is no one particular definition of a bully or bullying, there are certain characteristics used to describe bullying. Bullying has been defined as aggression comprising of three features: intentional harm, repeated over time, in a relationship where there is an imbalance of power (Farrington, 1993; Nansel & Overpeck, 2003; Olweus, 1993; Rigby, 2002). For my study we will operationally define a bully as; a person who uses their power over others to intentionally due harm repetitively over time. A bully may uses their power in two forms; directly and indirectly. Direct bullying entails face-to-face physical (hitting and kicking) or verbal (name calling) confrontation. Indirect bullying is more subtle, covert and often involves a third party, for example in spreading rumors (e.g., Boulton & Underwood, 1992; Wolke, Woods, Bloomfield, & Karstadt, 2000). With today’s
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