‘Stress to impress’ leads to bullying.

Every year over 3.2 million students fall prey to bullying at school resulting in around 160,000 students staying home, not willing to go back to school.
Stress to impress leads to bullying.

Stress to impress leads to bullying.

Approximately half of youth suicides are linked to incidents of bullying in different social settings.

There are numerous facts and figures that present an alarming scenario of bullying incidents and the rapid pace with which these are growing and affecting individuals.

Peer pressure is defined as the constant influence by members of a group of people to think, act and behave in a standard way set forth by the group, in order to be a part of it.

This stress to impress results in outcomes that are, more often than not, destructive to the subject.

Peer pressure is positive when it motivates a person to participate in healthy activities like sports, volunteer work, group study, etc.

Negative influence causes him to engage in behaviors like drinking, cigarette smoking, taking drugs and even bullying others.

It is a matter of immense concern when parents get to know that their child is being bullied at school.

Bullying is not restricted to children at school, but also happens to adults in social settings like the workplace.

Bullying is a serious issue because of its harmful effects on the emotional, mental and in extreme cases the physical well-being of an individual. If bullying is not addressed at the correct time, it results in a long-term emotional impact on the subject, resulting in lower self-esteem and lack of confidence.

People are more likely to bully others when in a group rather than when alone. Peer pressure to bully others often develops into a hoard or mob mentality, whereby members of a group encourage each other to participate in bullying. This can include leaving mean notes, name calling, gossiping, telling lies and spreading rumors about the victim.

Teens and tweens feel an internal pressure to conform to group practices and do as their peers do, to get attention and fit into the group.

Children feel that if they do not participate in bullying they will be made fun of and excluded by others. They believe that if they do not mistreat others, call names and spread rumors, they will themselves fall victim to bullying.

Many people justify their bullying behavior by presenting the notion of ‘everybody is doing it,’ hence they feel less responsible for it when in a group.

Bullying is an issue that needs our attention. Frequently, a victim of bullying eventually turns into a bully in order to vent out all his frustration build up.

If victims are given help at the right time, it will prevent them from turning into bullies.

Parents and peers should talk openly to their children about bullying incidents they encounter and try to find out why they give in to peer pressure.

Not only children, but people of all ages should encourage others to stop bullying and be kind and respectful.

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Expert Author Tarresa MuffetTarresa Muffet is a research student pursuing her M.S. in Computer Science from Montana Tech University. 

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