The Bullies: Understanding Bullies and Bullying

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2007 - Social Science - 224 pages

Dennis Lines shares his deep understanding and illustrates from long practical experience in the field of counselling, bullying and aggression.'

- Educational Review Canterbury Christ Church University, UK Carl Parsons

Is there a particular type of person who becomes a bully? Why do bullies behave like they do? How can we interpret and understand bullying within relationships?

The Bullies attempts to get inside the minds of the bully and victim - the child, the adolescent and the adult - across a wide range of 'closed' situations including the home, school and workplace, prisons and the armed services. By listening to the voices of bullies and victims from all kinds of backgrounds without making judgements, counsellor Dennis Lines provides unique insights into bullying and what makes such domineering and aggressive behaviour so complex. He discusses controversial issues such as genetic predisposition towards abusive behaviour and draws on his counselling knowledge to provide insights on how to understand and treat bullies to change their behaviour.

The Bullies offers a unique and illustrated perspective on a widespread phenomenon, and will be essential reading for psychologists, sociologists, counsellors, teachers, social workers, probation officers, students and researchers.


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The definiton of bullying is very comprehensive and helpful.
On the other hand, relating the bullying activity to early ancestors of h. beings and strong animals in the nature sounds kind a
superficialistic approach. I think psychological and sociological determinants should have taken pinoeer place rather than biological examinations. 


Chapter 1 What Is Bullying?
Chapter 2 Bullying in Nature
Chapter 3 The NatureNurture Influence on Behaviour
Chapter 4 Who Bullies?
Chapter 5 Interpreting Bullying Behaviour
Chapter 6 Bullying in School
Chapter 7 Domestic Violence and Bullying Partners
Chapter 8 Bullying of Children and Young People
Chapter 9 Bullying in the Workplace
Chapter 10 A Better Way Forward

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Page 18 - A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed. repeatedly and over time. to negative actions on the part of one or more other students.
Page 20 - Persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating or insulting behaviour, abuse of power or unfair penal sanctions which makes the recipient feel upset, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable, which undermines their self-confidence and which may cause them to suffer stress" (
Page 19 - Bullying involves a desire to hurt + hurtful action + a power imbalance + (typically) repetition + an unjust use of power + evident enjoyment by the aggressor and a sense of being oppressed on the part of the victim/ • bullying.pdf The University of Queensland has an extensive list of resources in the field of bullying.
Page 18 - Bullying is longstanding violence, physical or psychological, conducted by an individual or a group and directed against an individual who is not able to defend himself in the actual situation.
Page 2 - Listening to Young People in School, Youth Work and Counselling Nick Luxmoore ISBN 1 85302 909 2...

About the author (2007)

Dennis Lines holds a BPhil Ed (Counselling) and is MBACP affiliated. He has been a youth leader for 12 years, an RE teacher in secondary school for 11 years, and has for the past 22 years worked as a School Counsellor in a large secondary school in Birmingham. He has published widely and given lectures and conducted workshops on adolescent development and related topics nationally.

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