It is all very well intellectualising the subject by noting that bullies are likely to have been the victim of bullying or domestic violence themselves, but that is not going to stop the bully from hitting you.
Although it is long, and does not list the sources of the data, this article on bullying and what parents and kids can do about it is great. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200910/big-bad-bully
If you are interested in an analysis of the roots of violence, check out Alice Millers book For Your Own Good. I read it many years ago when I did my undergraduate degree and can recommend it as a very insightful read.
Another very good book, dealing with the neurological implications of child rearing practices – The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland. It is based on the work of Jaak Panksepp neuroscientist extraordinaire – the guy who made me physically weep with utter amazement and awe, but that is the subject of another post.
But the impetus for this post, and a subject that is usually disturbing to most of us (except perhaps the bullies) is the following awesome video.
I just love the way the kid looks around and steps forward, well done sir, you are sure to go far!
Step forward and stand up for a victim, at school, now in your adult life, wherever you see injustice. I’ll be standing right next to you.
~ by Fluxosaurus on February 4, 2010.