Research Reveals Effects of Social Bullying

Research Reveals Effects of Social Bullying

Research Reveals Effects of Social Bullying

The results of a recent study undertaken at the Kellogg School of Management located at Northwestern University show that many people do not comprehend the consequences caused by the type of social trauma that is felt by people who fall prey to teasing, bullying and ostracism. The so called ‘empathy gap’ can lead to devastating results as victims of these social traumas are not given the advocacy, support or intervention that they need.

The study says that while everyone is aware that these types of social trauma are unpleasant, people often do not see how severe these experiences really are so they don’t intervene or protect the victim. There have been numerous stories in the news lately about victims of bullying that committed suicide from fear and desperation after being subjected to social trauma. Social trauma can be physical or emotional via the internet or text messages.

The research in the study indicates that most people have difficulty understanding how severe social suffering can be unless they have had experience of it themselves. The findings in the study show that it is very important that people understand the empathy gap as it has many implications as to how people not involved in a social trauma event will both view it and deal with it. This includes actions taken to give support to the victim or punish the perpetrators.

During the course of the study many experiments were made and they all came to the same conclusion; if a person was subjected to social trauma they will be more empathetic to others in the same situation.


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