Helping Students Deal With Bullying

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  1. Steve

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    An astute observation. This is a good example of what I mean when I say that among adults, bullying is often a matter of perception. I would guess that our resident curmudgeon sees herself as the victim of bullying and not a bully herself. Others might disagree.

    To the moderators: This post is not intended to be abusive, overly aggressive, threatening, or to "troll". It is an on-topic observation related directly to the relevant observations of another poster.
     
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    I think a lot is the kids' projected confidence, too. I was clearly a shy and quiet kid, and that leaves an opening for bullying.
     
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    I take it the model is that they figure there will be a bully in the situation, and if they are that bully, they are not the person being bullied. Sound about right?
     
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    I would just say that no one should assume that I was talking about anyone in particular. I know of one self-admitted curmudgeon at Martial Talk. He is a he, at least he was the last time he mentioned gender. I think (in fact agree) my attitudes and posts often get me considered a curmudgeon, but I'm not admitting it, and people are usually kind enough not to accuse me. :)

    Hmmmm. Maybe I should start a thread where posters can say who they suspect is a curmudgeon, and with enough proof, actually accuse someone. What was the name of that game?
     
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    Right. it can also occur contextually, so some kids are bullied at home and, in return, bully others at school.
     
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    I didn't mean to put words in your mouth. I'm sorry if I did so. I had someone in particular in mind, but only as an example of how I interpreted your post. :)

    Also, it wasn't to say one way or the other that anyone IS a bully. It was to highlight an example of what I meant earlier when I said that for adults, bullying is often a matter of perspective. I hope that's clear.

    I think I would enjoy your game. :D
     
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    Tons of reasons why. A child can go to one school and have no problems. They can go to another school and be the center of bullying. Everyone can be bullied. No one is immune to it. Most just stop it before it has a chance to become bullying. I don’t think their is a general reason why people don't get bullied. I get bullied when I play online first person shooters. It doesn't bother me because it's usually a kid being a butt because they know no one can punch them for having too much mouth.
     
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    Tez, sweetie, I hold no grudge against you. Your posts elicited no emotional reaction from me. And I didn’t feel any truly angered emotion from you. This conversation is like the polite and respectful, all the while having opposite opinions, conversation I have with close friends and family.

    I’m Armenian. We come off as hostile sometimes when we’re in fact just being genuine and sincere. You’re English, and are supposed to be eccentric (or what was your line?). I’m sure this conversation would be a great one over a few pints. I’m a big porter and pale ale (not IPA) fan.
     
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    No problem, I just thought there was just a shade of ambiguity there that some people might have taken wrong. I only wanted to ensure there was no reason for anyone to think that way and maybe chime in on a side that wasn't yours or mine..
     
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    Conversation CAN BE sparring. You appear to believe all discussions of content must go that way unless everyone is in agreement.
     
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    If you are testing ideas it generally goes that way.
     
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    Only if your point is to win. If I want to learn, then I accept that sometimes my position will change. I don't need to defend my ideas nor attack the others - I need to communicate and understand. Now, if I reach a point where I believe my position is correct and theirs is incorrect (or if I just want to enjoy a lively debate), then we may enter the sparring scenario. Most of the time, though, I don't need to win/lose every point. Sometimes, it's just about learning and sharing, even when there is disagreement. There are points on which @Steve and I have fundamental disagreements. We've discussed them and even done a bit of sparring over them. We seem to each understand the other's points, and still disagree on the premise. Now when they come up, we acknowledge the differences and move on to more useful discussion.
     
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    The first person who said “verbal Judo” thought of that one :)
     
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    its called debate
     
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    I think it is developing a deeper understanding of how conversation works.

    You wouldn't know because you do Aikido.
     
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    What is the benefit you get by defining terms?
     
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    Am i annoying? In this instance there is no benefit. It just seemed obvious to me that "conversational sparring" is a debate. Other times my brain is just bored. I'm not trying to be right, I just like the mental exercise.
     
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    And yet I spar, so I'm not sure what Aikido has to do with the issue at hand.

    Conversation is not always about winning. I test ideas often, and let them die on the table, rather than fighting to defend them when they are flawed. Your verbal sparring is often like someone insisting on using a leg sweep, even when their opponent is balanced and has structure against it. That's not testing a technique - it's bludgeoning someone with your leg to little effect.
     
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    Aikido has noting to do with the issue at hand.

    I just wanted you to think about how you recognised that fact.
     

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