Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by flutterbee, Nov 7, 2008.
Bullies get a kick out of seeing others in pain:
This is a VERY small sample size. I wonder what a larger sample would show?
It is a very small sample size, but even if a larger sample size doesn't show the same results, I wonder if this could be used - or studied - to identify the kids (and adults) that do react in this way vs the kids (and adults) that bully for other reasons - insecurity, fear, etc.
Doesn't surprise me at all. The bully down the street has made it her
life's work to make difficult child miserable and terrified. I have never hated a child before but I do hate her. I hate seeing what she has done to difficult child
We do need to be careful linking cause to effect. Do the brains react this way after conditioning and linking a successful beating of someone else to a feeling of vindication? Or do the brains react this way to begin with, causing the person to become a bully?
We now how easy it is to change your brain. Simply doing a puzzle changes your brain. I was bullied badly as a kid - if I was wired up and shown film of my bullies being attacked as I was, my brain might also show some interesting rejoicing. Or after the trauma of the very bad bushfires that sent me into serious PTSD, I know if I had been wired up then shown footage of bushfires, they would have seen some very strong responses. I don't think my responses would be so strong now.
This perhaps points at a way to measure success of rehabilitation, or perhaps a direction to take treatment in each individual case. You need to find out WHY seeing someone being hurt is apparently pleasurable, and find other more constructive ways to stimulate pleasure centres.
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