Understanding the psychology of bullying – KGBT-TV

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — All types of bullying are unacceptable and experts said it is important to know where it is coming from.

Dr. Gerardo Mireles is a psychologist at Mireles Psychological Health Services in McAllen and said it is important to understand that bullying is not a random act of aggression. 

Instead, it is an ongoing and deliberate use of power with repeated verbal or physical behavior that intends to cause harm. 

Dr. Mireles said some kids seek negative attention because they feel like they are not receiving any from their parents. 

“Sometimes for kids, it’s better to have negative attention than no attention at all,” he said.

According to Dr. Mireles, there are situations where children reflect aggression that is occurring at home.

“Older siblings can also be a cause for the problem so you know if they’re bullied at home which may lead to bullying other kids in school and society,” he said.

According to Dr. Mireles, in some cases, the bully tends to be an adult role model. While bullying is a learned behavior, Dr. Mireles said it can be curbed with a proper support system. 

He said it is important for parents to take bullying seriously but not respond aggressively towards a child. 

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