June 20, 2016
Bullying is a significant issue in today’s society that can no longer be ignored. “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time” (Stopbullying.gov, 2016). Bullying and the different types of bullying are very critical issues to study in human development. There are many various issues such as sexual orientation, that influences the styles of bullying. All bullying, regardless the style or type, can have severe psychological effects on an individual, and their family.
Bullying and Human Development
Human development “is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. It is an approach that is focused on people and their opportunities and choices” (UNDP, 2016). Human development is about understanding people, providing them with opportunities so that they can reach their full potential. Bullying can affect a person’s bio-psycho-social development, preventing them from reaching their full potential. Bullying can cause a variety of different issues including anxiety, depression, social seclusion, loss of sense of self, and more. If society understood the cause and effects of bullying better than this barrier could be potentially be eliminated allowing people to reach their goals.
Three Components of Bullying
There are three components or types of bullying, and they include direct bullying, indirect bullying, and relational bullying. Direct bullying is the most commonly known form and the easiest to identify. Direct bullying involves physical aggression such as slapping, hitting, kicking, pushing, and other forms of physical abuse. Indirect bullying, on the other hand, is a verbal attack and refers to intentionally spreading rumors or lies about...