Instances of adults being bullied are more common than people think. People most often associate the word “bullying” with school children and teens who are being picked on by their peers or older siblings. Bullying is common in other areas as well. It can occur in colleges at fraternities, the workplace and social organizations. Governments have also been known to use bullying tactics to achieve their goals. Knowing and understanding the concepts used by bullies makes it apparent that it can happen at any time and place where individuals of different levels of maturity and strengths interact with one another.
By definition, a bully is someone who uses force, threats or other means to control or manipulate another person. Bullying tactics are used by individuals of all ages, sexes, gender, ethnic and religious persuasions. It can enacted against another person for financial gain, revenge, to simply control or to degrade. Whatever the circumstances, the results can cause lasting damage to the victims’ emotional, mental and physical health.