We all know about kids bullying other kids, but did you know about adult bullying?

We think that as a person ages, s/he matures, but that is not always the case. According to Bullyingstatistics.org adult bullying happens more then one would think...

"Sadly, adults can be bullies, just as children and teenagers can be bullies. While adults are more likely to use verbal bullying as opposed to physical bullying, the fact of the matter is that adult bullying exists. The goal of an adult bully is to gain power over another person, and make himself or herself the dominant adult. They try to humiliate victims, and “show them who is boss.”

Recently a woman in the Macomb County area is being bullied by total strangers. Clickondetroit.com reported...

"A Metro Detroit woman said her life and her family have been threatened by bullies who started attacking online and continued in person.

The alleged cyberbullying has led to multiple police reports and investigations in Macomb County, but after all that, there have been no criminal charges.

The ongoing feud involved a reality T.V. star and some prominent Macomb County residents. Prosecutors said there are no laws to put an end to the feud."

Even though we are adults, the style of bullying is similar to how child bullies behave.

There Are 5 Types Of Adult Bullies...

  1. Narcissistic Adult Bully: This bully is self-centered, and does not worry about any consequences that might occur due to s/he actions. They seems to be happy about themselves, and their behavior but the reality is they need to put others down to feel better about themselves.
  2. Impulsive Adult Bully: This type of bully does not plan on bullying someone, but lashes out unexpectedly mostly due to a stressful situation. The situation rarely has anything to due with the victim of the attack.
  3. Physical Bully:  Adult bullying rarely turns physical, but what it has is threats of violence. Also, physical bullying may contain damaging the victims property, or stealing from the victim.
  4. Verbal Adult Bullying: Words can hurt. Adult bullies verbally attack the victim by starting rumors, use sarcastic, or demeaning language to dominate and humiliate the other person. This kind of abuse is hard to document, and can lead to depression and poor job performance of the victim.
  5. Secondary Adult Bully: This type of bully does not initiate the abuse but joins in with others to hurt the victim. The main reason why they do this is to try and insure they are not the next victim.

Unfortunately, there is not much a person can do when being bullied as an adult. You need to be the bigger person, and not allow the bullies behavior to effect you. Understanding the bully and why they are behaving in such a manner can help you cope. The other thing you can do is document any actions that you can use if you need to take legal action in the future.

If you have any tips on how to handle an adult bully, or experienced adult bullying we would love to hear from you!

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