At first, I wasn’t going to write this post because I didn’t believe that bullying would still occur in a University environment. However, that assumption was not correct and I have found that bullying still occurs.
It is interesting to talk about bullying, both from a personal stand-point and a psychological one. Many people believe that “bullying” simply centres on physical aggression. But this isn’t necessarily true. Bullying can be said to be displacement of power; favouring one individual and acting as a detriment to the other. This can be physical, psychological, verbal or, as or more recently, cyber abuse. A recent statistic about the heightened amount of suicides occurring within the UK shocked me. It is estimated that around 11.8% of those aged between 15-24 years committed suicide in 2012 (Samaritans, 2014). Furthermore, Klomek et al. (2010) identified that bullying was the major cause of many suicides, due to its long-lasting effects.