Intimidating behaviour in the workplace

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Some bullies would never think of themselves as bullies.

They think that all they are doing is teasing a bit, and may even be trying to communicate or even befriend the person they are bullying.

A common misconception is that bullies have low self-esteem.

On the contrary, a study from UCLA found that most bullies have The same study showed that bullies are often popular in school, and their victims are often unpopular.

However, both bullies and victims are simply playing roles, neither is a fixed personality quality.

“[Men faced in this real life scenario] distanced themselves more from her, tended to rate her as less attractive, and showed less desire to exchange contact information or plan a date with her”.

While the authors behind the study caution that more experimentation may be needed to confirm the conclusion, they do believe that “feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them.” Who knew masculinity could be so fragile?

In some cases a person may bully because there is an aspect of a person’s personality that they don’t understand or don’t agree with.

They may also have a prejudice against a person’s race, religion, or sexual orientation, and in many instances they may even think that targeting a person whom they see as exuding wrong behaviour as a good thing.

Broken into two parts, 105 men were first read a hypothetical scenario involving a woman who either outperformed or underperformed them in a Maths or English course and then made to imagine them as a romantic partner.

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