Are Some Humans Born to Bully? Born to Be Victims? Can It Be Changed?

Food for thought when it comes to bullies of any kind.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

One of the reasons I am SO HAPPY you guys take the time to comment and share your thoughts is your insights often highlight areas I might not have thought to address.  A commenter Mr. Dandylion replied to my publishing predictions for 2014 with darker thoughts, which included this phrase:

“A new author will commit suicide after a sustained online bullying campaign, most likely stemming from Goodreads; it will cause major headlines and public anger.”

Those words hit home and made me think. Granted, as a writer, I’ve experienced my share of trolls and (gratefully) only two LOONIES. But I have too many author friends (including NYTBSAs) who’ve been victimized by flash mobs of cyber-bullies. I’ve also had blogger friends who wrote on very innocent topics randomly victimized by gangs of trolls for seemingly no reason.

Oddly, when I tried to research bullying and bullying resources for yesterday’s post, I…

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2 thoughts on “Are Some Humans Born to Bully? Born to Be Victims? Can It Be Changed?

  1. I think some people are born to be bullies and tyrants. In fact, I’ve read research that some are genetically programed to grow up and be cold hearted, ruthless sociopaths. Maybe we should identify these individuals at birth through a DNA test, and then pay closer attention to them as they grow up while focusing more nurturing on them to develop a more compassionate person who otherwise might easily become a bully and ruthless tyrant later in life.

    According to the research I read, these individuals are more competitive and the odds tend to favor them to become leaders later in life. It would be wise to make sure they became a more caring leader instead of one who has no feelings for his employees and customers except as numbmers leading to profits.

    • I think you may have discovered something here. This may explain why Bill Gates is funding the ruthless destruction of the democratic, U.S. public school systems through “his” Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that he spent hundreds of millions of dollars to promote before they were even developed. He spent so much money that he convinced most of the states to sign on to the CCSS before it existed and before they knew that the program would lead to the ruthless rank and yank methods that Bill Gates supports in culling employees and firing those in the bottom 25 percent on an annual basis.

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