One definition for Bullying is when one person uses superior strength or influence to intimidate another person to force him or her to do what the Bully wants. An example would be when one student hits another to get lunch money or to force that person to give up a particularly popular article of clothing. But what about the times when bullying has another more sinister intent: to belittle and degrade another person? That type of bullying is called Emotional Bullying.

The website healthyplace.com says that Emotional Bullying is “any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, …or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.” Emotional bullying can take place at school, in the workplace, on a sports team, at home and in any environment in which interpersonal relationships develop and are common. Emotional bullying can also, and very often does, take place through social media outlets online such as Facebook, Twitter and even text messages.

What do you need to watch for? You could be experiencing emotional bullying if someone yells at you, calls you names, swears at you, attempts to scare or intimidate you, ignores you or excludes you, and denies that he/she did anything wrong or blames you for the problem.

What can you do about it? Remember what is happening is not your fault! No one deserves to be bullied. If you feel that you are being bullied, seek help from your parent or grandparent, your pastor, your teacher, your best friend. You can also seek out assistance from your local child welfare agency or call a local helpline. You are worth the effort!