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dangleesack asks:
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what are the characteristics of a bully

In Topics: Bullying and teasing, Special needs
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
May 3, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Here are some quotes from a book called NO ROOM FOR BULLIES:

- “Bullies can actually be quite popular.  Many times, they are very connected to school life through athletics, academics, or other extracurricular activities.”
- “Bullies generally are strong, confident, and aggressive, much more so than their victims.”
- Bullies “have a need to dominate others and show little empathy toward their victims.”  They often show aggression to parents, teachers, peers, and siblings.
- Bullying behavior is “partly attributable to inadequately developed empathy and perspective-taking skills.  Understanding the feelings of others is difficult for bullies.  Usually, they are interested only in satisfying their own immediate wants and desires.”

Hopefully this helps!

MKM, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
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