Disadvantages Of Bullying

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Introduction: Verbal and physical harassment has been prevalent in our society as long as one can remember. These modes of afflicting social harm on others have evolved into ‘bullying’ and ‘ragging’ over time and have become so ingrained in our society that one does not need to look hard to find these social illnesses being practiced around us. Bullying is the act of victimizing a person continuously, by another person or a group, when he/she is exposed to negative actions on the part of other people or ‘bullies’. This act consists of hurling abuses, taunts, insults and physical abuse on someone; this process in effect asserts an individual’s or group’s dominance over the one being bullied. As a consequence, a person’s self-esteem is harmed…show more content…
They are seen as social outcasts and are treated as misfits of the society, even if nothing is wrong with them. The primary victims of bullies are people who are different in the sense of appearance and general habits. This may include color, caste, creed, religion, weight or any other factors that a particular society may deem undesirable in a specific time. People subjected to constant bullying develop feelings of alienation and tend to stay away from society for fear of being judged in a negative manner, as a consequence they are not properly integrated in the society and fail at making impressions and conducting general socialization. Bullying usually occurs in the adolescent ages when children are in their primary school up till secondary school and is viewed as means of entertainment and gaining social approval. However, the effects of bullying have a lasting effect on someone’s life and can bring serious harm unless they…show more content…
Another difference one can highlight is in the fact that ragging usually occurs in the freshmen years of a person’s university life and rarely happens outside that period. It is an act carried out by seniors in educational institutes which involves forcing the juniors to carry out daring tasks in front of total strangers. This is done by dominance over a person by defaming them and laying stress on their own seniority. Students usually conform to these seniors on account of the threats they receive from the seniors if their demands are not met. These threats are mostly empty but in certain extreme cases things may get out of hand and may result in physical violence. Even though ragging itself poses a threat to a person’s social wellbeing, it does not bring drastic changes in a person’s personality as bullying does. One can argue that the effects of ragging can be relative in the sense that it depends on the victim on how he takes the experience, so it does not matter if the intensity is lesser or higher than bullying. But as compared to bullying, ragging does not have the potential of being as continuous as bullying is because it only occurs during the first two to three weeks of freshmen year and ceases afterwards. However, whatever happens in the name of ‘ice-breaking’ is considered against social ethics and does
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