Category Archives: Bullying

Have I Experienced Trauma?

Have I Experienced Trauma?

Any experience that is less than nurturing and causes you to change your perception of yourself, others and the world can be defined as trauma.

The truth is we all have experiences in life that affect us negatively and cause us to suffer.  The second truth is we are often unaware the negative experience affects the hardwiring of our brains.

The younger you are when this happens the greater likelihood it is this experience will stay with you.  The result can be a history of depression and anxiety. In clinical terms, we might define this as a trauma.

Trauma is experienced in many forms, from abandonment and neglect to bullying and loss. It doesn’t only occur in a war zone.

It is normal that the perspective shift that occurs with the trauma can be staggering, shocking, and disconcerting and leave you not knowing how to respond. It happens in both the big moments of life, as well as the little ones.

Experiencing trauma is part of the human condition. Some people experience unresolved feelings resulting from a trauma that results in psychological stress. A professional counselor can help you determine if this is true for you, as well as provide support and tools for dealing with your experience.

Ann Sheerin MA
Asheerin@GROWcounseling.com

Overcoming Unkindness

Overcoming Unkindness

Have you ever been in situations where you have been subjected to other people’s snide remarks or mockery (of course, under the guise of innocent teasing). When you are subjected to this type of unkindness by friends or by family members, it can be easy to make an excuse. “Perhaps they are just having a…

The Bullying Phenomenon: The Bystander (Part 3)

The Bullying Phenomenon: The Bystander (Part 3)

In the final blog, we will explore the role of the bystander. Growing up in a society where bullying is extremely prevalent, if your child is lucky enough to avoid being bullied (or being a bully), chances are that he or she has witnessed bullying. Bullying is fostered when the bully is able to instill…

The Bullying Phenomenon: The Bullied (Part 2)

The Bullying Phenomenon: The Bullied (Part 2)

In this second part of this blog, we will explore the bullying from the bullied perspective. In the book The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander, Barbara Coloroso revealed that 86 percent of children have self-reported that they are bullied at school. This is an enormous percentage!! Bullying instills fear in children, causing them to…

The Bullying Phenomenon: The Bully (Part 1)

The Bullying Phenomenon: The Bully (Part 1)

Bullying is a common behavioral issue that runs rampant among many adolescents. Most adolescents have likely experienced bullying or have been a bystander of the bullying phenomenon. According to the book The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso, there are three primary roles in this phenomenon, which are the role of the…

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