|Re: Definition of Bullying||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joseph Wheeler (wheeler76gmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 16 May 2018 20:23:04 -0700 (PDT)|
I have done extensive research on bullying among youth, particularly with respect to its intersection with deprivation of civil rights, and contributed to the federal government's years-long effort to reach a consensus definition of the term: https://www.cdc.gov/ violenceprevention/pdf/bullying-definitions-final-a.pdf The term "bullying" does not apply to every conflict or every person with a strong opinion. It applies to people who repeatedly exploit power dynamics to control, abuse, or limit the equal participation of their peers. Bullying prevention efforts are meant to facilitate constructive resolution of conflicts and protect people who are more vulnerable to abuse. In my opinion, it is a mistake to dismiss concerns about bullying, particularly in communities committed to consensus-based decisionmaking. Cohousing communities should take bullying and other forms of interpersonal misconduct seriously if we are serious about using consensus to genuinely share power, protect minority interests, and advance social justice. In some ways, a consensus-based process is uniquely equipped to address bullying. But practitioners urge caution in using conflict resolution methods like mediation when the conflict is rooted in abusive power dynamics. Similar concerns could be raised with respect to consensus-based decisionmaking, which is why it is critical to have a vigilant facilitator and a community committed to preventing and effectively responding to bullying. -Joe Joseph Wheeler Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 7:26 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> wrote: > “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. > > http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/ > > 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 > ---- > Sharon Villines > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > http://www.takomavillage.org > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://l.cohousing.org/info > > > > Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> 8:58 AM (13 hours ago) to Alan Cohousers - I was in the common house today and one of my neighbors pointed out an interesting article on the bulletin board. It was an AP story about the unseen bullying epidemic in senior communities. I've been trying to claw my way to the bottom, and there are old people still trying to claw their ways to the top at the expense of their neighbors. I was surprised to read that one out of five seniors are the targets of bullying. Having just received my Silver Sneakers card, I'll think of think about my five closest neighbors and if they seem okay, it must be me! Here's the link ... https://apnews.com/144745051e9e43e3bb5dafe75b00a982 Thx Alan O.******************************************* Alan O'Hashi - ECOS EnviroCultural Organization Systems http://www.alanohashi.com/ecos Colorado 303-910-5782 Wyoming 307-274-1910 Nebraska 402-327-1652 ******************************************* _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://l.cohousing.org/info
Definition of Bullying Sharon Villines, May 16 2018
- Re: Definition of Bullying Joseph Wheeler, May 16 2018
- Re: Definition of Bullying Alan O, May 17 2018
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