Part of the motivation behind these bullying practices is very understandable, and even healthy. These individuals want to improve and excel. They also want to be liked and be a part of a community. But if this type of bullying practice continues, the line between the noble motivations mentioned above and the motivation to demean due to personal insecurity will become extremely blurred. These kids are teaching themselves (through experience) that their worth is not judged by their ability to succeed, but rather by their skill in ego posturing. It is important to be aware of these same dynamics taking place in other areas of performance, such as sport, and ask ourselves what we may be losing in this misguided focus on one-upping your teammate, your colleague, or your friend.
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