Lately I have been thinking about an observation I have dealing with people who have a history of being bullied. It’s something that I call “Perceived Threat Syndrome”. My supposition is that people who have a history of being bullied react as if they have been threatened when the other person dealing with them didn’t do anything to cause that reaction.
For example, someone might be making a suggestion to this person and the person sees the suggestion as a threat to them, instead of the intended suggestion. That person lashes out accusingly to the other person as if being cornered by a bully. Has this happened to you? Or are you someone with a history of being bullied who has people tell them that they perceived a comment as a threat when it wasn’t? It seems like I have witnessed this by many people who I know were picked on in their youth.
Given my interest in the long-term effects of bullying, I am interested in your opinion on this. Do you believe that someone who is bullied deals with fight or flight issues as an adult? This perception of being threatened and not trusting those around them is one I am interested in looking into further. I wonder if there is a correlation between those that were bullied in their youth and a lack of trust of others as an adult. If so, what kinds of issues can this cause to individuals and to society as a whole? Please share your stories and opinions.