Definition of Bullying
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 16 May 2018 16:26:22 -0700 (PDT)
“Bully” has become a buzz word that people have weaponized. Every conflict has 
become an example of bullying.  Every person with a strong opinion is a bully.

Definition of Bullying from the American Psychological Association:

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and 
repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the 
form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions.

Some definitions are limited to physical threats to force people to do what 
they want. Or define it as having power or taking power over another. I find 
this to be a very limited and obvious definition.

A definition including “intentionally" and “repeatedly" causing injury or 
emotional distress is more specific and covers more instances.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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