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The Culture of Bullying
Laura Martocci Ph.D.
Students roll their eyes (which then glaze over) when they hear the word "bullying." What if we embraced their boredom as a strategy to engage them in new initiatives?
When we lose sight of "context," we may find ourselves clamoring for a reality in which the past can never be past.
Can we choose to limit freedoms and circumscribe anti-social impulses by willingly embracing codes of morality? Whose morality?
What if bullies and disruptive students were sent to a meditation room, where they learned yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques?
Disrespect for limits/boundaries is often venerated in American culture. Is it any wonder we have difficulties around the issue of "consent"?
The Mindful Kids Peace Summit is the first-ever week-long social emotional learning (SEL) program geared to teens, and will be broadcast in middle and high schools across the globe
An Arizona high school requires low-performing students to wear a scarlet badge. This isn't against the law—but is it okay?
Before deciding it is bad parenting, think about the ways in which public humiliation (a time-worn, cross-cultural social control) is embedded in accepted parenting practices.
13 tactics that will help girls draw boundaries and forestall angry "mean girl" behaviors.
Shame and rejection are as painful as injuries that send you to the Emergency Room. Here are some home remedies that might help you through the holidays and through the New Year.
Revisiting the question raised by Melania Trump's claim to be "the most bullied person in the world."
What are the differences between claims of harassment in the judiciary hearings of 1991, and claims of bullying today? And what are the cultural implications of these differences?
It is claimed that bullying laws do little more than make (devastating) lawsuits possible. But do we live in a litigious, blame-culture where lawsuits are like a legal lottery?
Why would a museum exhibition showcase humiliation? Isn't the staff concerned that the exhibit will contribute to normalizing public shaming, which is the linchpin of bullying?
Even if your child has gone to camp before, every year brings a new mix of campers, and social status must be established anew.
Boredom can be positioned as the upshot of tolerance. When everything is allowed, what is worth standing for, save intensity of experience?
Mental health, like bullying before it, is a strawman; a simplistic, reductionist explanation for school shootings. The peer group can, however, read the nuances of youth culture.
The way out of the 'pain loop'—for anyone who is spiraling through stress-chemical reactions to bullying or to chronic pain—lies in addressing the anxiety.
Instead of reinforcing these characterizations (where has that have gotten us?), it is important to understand their limitations.
I began to wonder about victims who might be missing from the conversation—"collaborators" for whom “#metoo” meant “I closed my eyes and made my mind go blank."
New study reports that nearly six percent of students (approximately 1 in 20) admitted to posting something cruel about themselves online.
If we don’t accept our imperfect selves, how much of our tendency to gather "facts," form opinions, and label others brings us to the brink of bullying?
How would a Muslim girl, a transgender boy, a girl suffering from autism (and, of course, a female 'Piggy') influence dynamics in an all-female Lord of the Flies remake?
Witnessing the pain of our children—the shutting down and withdrawal—may reawaken feeling-traps of our own, and cause us to respond in disproportionate ways.
Has this happened to you? You're chatting with a friend, when suddenly, they lean a bit closer and begin to confide in you about a mutual friend...and expect you will take sides?
Para-professionals wield tremendous power over their charges. After reading “My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help me; instead, she Bullied me” I went looking for an interview.
Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?
“Take a deep breath and walk away” is advice that often translates as “continue to take it.”
Horizontal hostilities occur between groups whom one would expect to have close affinities. "Compromise" becomes the stuff of betrayal, more heinous than straight-out opposition.
18 year old Emily Houser reported her boss for sexual harassment. Her co-workers response? A “F*ck Emily Houser” hate party—complete with a sheet cake expressing that sentiment
Laura Martocci, Ph.D., is a former associate dean of Wagner College, who currently consults on school action plans and social-emotional learning initiatives.