The repercussion of a Bullying behavior. The Functionalism Theory approach.

“A would rather be a little nobody, then to be an evil somebody”

-Abraham Lincolnbully.jpg


For many generations now, bullying has been a normal behavior among children. Some of them struggle with being excluded, being called names, being intimidated and other children engage in an aggressive behavior toward others. Unfortunately, many parents view this issue as a normality, but this kind of mentality has led to an acceptance of the problem instead of stopping the pattern. The repercussions of an aggressive behavior since infancy, may develop into sociological danger.

The Functionalism Theory approach asks ”how would society function differently without bullying?”

A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that later serious consequences such as (illness, struggling to hold down a regular job, and poor social relationships) are just some of the adverse outcomes in adulthood faced by those exposed to bullying in childhood.The results underline the extent to which the risk of health problems, poverty, and social relationships are intensified by exposure to bullying.

Psychological scientists Dieter Wolke of the University of Warwick and William E. Copeland of Duke University Medical Center who led the research, were investigating the impact on all those affected: the victims, the bullies themselves, and those who fall into both categories, so-called “bully-victims.”

“We cannot continue to dismiss bullying as a harmless, almost inevitable, part of growing up,” says Wolke. “We need to change this mindset and acknowledge this as a serious problem for both the individual and the country as a whole; the effects are long-lasting and significant.” The ‘bully-victims’ were at greatest risk for health problems in adulthood, over six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness, smoke regularly, or develop a psychiatric disorder compared to those not involved in bullying.

The classic version of bullying was in British schools, where older boys were allowed to make a younger boy into a servant, carrying their books, cleaning their rooms, and generally deferring and taking orders. Nineteenth century school administrators regarded this system as a salutatory way for boys to learn discipline; but it often intensified into maliciousness, physical abuse, and commandeering the younger boy’s possessions. Some boys became school bullies. (Collins, Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory)

Bullying comes in different shapes and sizes- physical, emotional, verbal or all three of them together. It imbalances the abuse of power, lack of compassion and avoiding responsibility of their acts. This behavior is a vicious one because bullies most probably have been bullied or abused themselves in the past.

The bullies are the ones who couldn’t cope with many life situations, they are the ones that often feel powerless, frustrated and out of control. Most of them don’t fit and don’t meet the expectations of others and by bullying the ‘’week’’ ones they relieve their own feelings of powerless.

Bullying is a repetitive relationship, where the same victim is being tormenting constantly. Usually, the victims are in the lowest group status hierarchy, they don’t have friends and lack emotional energy to defend themselves. If talking about hierarchical status, it is important to mention that bullies are not in the top of the status hierarchy, but rather in the middle ranking. An interesting fact is that the victim and the bullies have many things in common. The both lack social skills, have low self-esteem, emotionally unstable and often unable to defend themselves.

If you want to know how we can prevent bullying from happening, take a look at this short video where students teach other students to stand bullying


Alexandrina Bivol

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