To “bully” – a much too kind of a word for a process that can lead to lifelong suffering and/or death for those targeted by this type of violence.
We already know that a relationship exists between “bullying” and conduct problems. In the study below, researchers took a closer look at children with conduct problems and co-occurring traits, such as callous-unemotional traits (CU), such as a lack of guilt, absence of empathy and callous use of others. The research concluded, that a child with conduct problems in combination with CU traits had “a particularly potent risk factor for both direct and indirect bullying.” Researchers also found in “line with previous research, males were more likely to engage in direct and females in indirect bullying.”
Individuals with conduct problems and CU traist are also insensitive to punishment. In other words, punishment is not a deterrent. The contribution of callous-unemotional traits and conduct problems to bullying in early adolescence. (April, 2009) Click Here These individuals, like psychopaths, see no problem with their conduct and thus see no reason to change their behavior AND therein lies the problem.
“Bullies” also become subjected to a type of “bullying” as others distance themselves from these individuals due to their appalling and aggressive behavior. Studies have shown that individuals who psychologically harass, “bully” others, more often than not, also show signs of having some type of psychiatric condition which is why children who “bully” others should undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Psychiatric conditions associated with bullying. Here
Individuals who ”bully” also enjoy hurting others (that’s how disturbed they are). Bullies may enjoy seeing others in pain: Brain scans show disruption in natural empathetic response. Click Here Similar studies concerning adults point to that as well. But, you don’t need scan their brains to tell that they enjoy hurting others. I am sure that most of us have witnessed that condescending smile they display from time to time.
A child with a genetic disorder such as psychopathy who “bully” others during his/her childhood will continue to do so as an adult. This is the reason why we also have “bullying” in the workplace. An individual with a personality disorder such as psychopathy does not “grow out of it” nor is there a “cure” for the disorder. These individuals continue to wreck havoc/create chaos and harm/kill others wherever they may be, they are ruthless predators who only care for themselves. Distinguishing characteristics of those who have “bullied” their way to the top are such things as, a very high salary along with some very advantageous “benefits” and an absence of morality, something that Dr. Robert Hare, leading authority on psychopathy, pointed out a long time ago. These individuals take pleasure in living a so called “parasitic lifestyle”, living off other people’s labor and money.*
Because of the great harm these individuals inflict on others, it is of immense importance that as many people as possible educate themselves about these gravely disturbed individuals. Would you allow an individual with a severe personality disorder handle your money? Most people would probably answer that question with a NO. However, many of these seriously disordered individuals have “bullied” their way into some very high positions in the government, private companies and organizations as well as other places, where they pose an enormous danger to a great number of people. Due to this, more and more people across the globe have raised their voices, calling for such things as testing individuals in and/or seeking a high position in which they will have power over others, this to make sure that the individual does not have a serious personality disorder such as psychopathy/sociopathy. The sooner we can identify these individuals, the better a world we can create for us all.
To keep in mind: Individuals who abuse others most likely has some type of grave personality disorder.
More research of interest;
Size matters: Increased grey matter in boys with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits. Here
Too much of a good thing: increased grey matter in boys with conduct problems and callous-unemotional trait. Here
More studies concerning psychopathy can be found at my other site Here
Also see; White collar psychopath fraudfeasors who use other people as tools for conning, duping, manipulating and perpetrating fraud: brain scan study. Does a broken moral neural circuit excuse evil? Here
* Psychopathy /Millon., 9. Parasitic Lifestyle, p. 175.
Newly added: In memory of: Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Click Here and all the other children who have lost their lives to “bullying”. Needless violence and suffering that can be prevented. Knowledge is the key – Educate yourself and others!
Off the subject; Here, something uplifting to end this week! Please listen to Susan Boyle’s amazing performance Click Here