Bullying is not just a Youth Problem; It’s a Human One

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There’s a powerful new post on Seth Godin’s blog with an interesting take on bullying.

It is not just a youth issue – it is a human one.

A BULLY is a person of any age who intentionally uses power to cause physical or emotional distress with the purpose of dominating the other person. Period.


  • Intentionally work to marginalize people.
  • In an organizational (or online) setting, choose not to engage in conversation or discussion.
  • Do not use legitimate authority or suasion; instead, they depend on pressure in the moment to demean and disrespect someone else—by undermining not just their ideas, but their very presence and legitimacy.

Do you know anyone like this?

Read on to see what to do about it.

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  • tracy armstrong

    Hi Angela
    When you said that bullying is not just a youth problem, it is a human problem, you could not have been any further from the truth. If you would have told me that when I got forty years old that I would be bullied, I would have said that you were out of your mind. The bullying took place on my job and I did not want to report it because I thought that telling would make me look weak. To make a long story short, I confronted the bully and a couple of other people followed suit. The bully apologized. I said all of that to say that if I, being a grown woman felt so helpless then how much more do our youth feel? We have got to put programs in place to empower them and let them know that they are not only. They really do matter.


  • http://www.angelamaiers.com AngelaMaiers

    Tracy, Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is so inspiring and empowering to hear that you stood up to your bully. It takes great courage to do what you did. And I give the bully credit for being “big” enough to accept responsibility and apioligize. I think this happens to adults much more that we talk about. Stories like yours are important to ensue that no one stays silent about bullying. Thank you!

  • tracy armstrong

    Angela, you are so very welcome! It was my pleasure. Please feel free to check out my blog http://armstrongtracyedm310.blogspot.com/. I am a new blogger and I welcome your encouragement.


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