I was watching the show, “Criminal Minds” the other day and an interesting point was brought up. The “bad guy” on the show was bullying, doing criminal acts due to the bullying/torture he experienced as a child. It brings up a point that I had heard somewhere before, which is do those that are bullied when they are young grow up to bully others as adults.
Psychologically it makes some sense. Given a child’s weakness in defending themselves as a young person, once they are older, do they then bully those that are weaker than them. I brought this up in a previous post about “perceived threat syndrome”. There have been some occasions in the past where I have been accused of bullying as an adult. I often wonder if that was the truth or not. Certainly from my perspective I would never intentionally bully anyone. But I can see where I might have acted in a way that another might feel that way.
So, I am wondering if any studies back up this idea. I cannot on initial search find research that shows that a person who was bullied as a child has a higher percentage of being a bully as an adult, but I wonder if any studies have been done. Certainly I see a good amount of workplace bullying stories going on around cyber-space. I have even dealt with it myself. Power and PowerPlays are nothing new in the adult world. We just need to look at most wars.
Anyone know of any data out there or have an opinion on this theory?