- Jul 24, 2008
- MBTI Type
- Instinctual Variant
I'd say no but i think there is a group social dynamic that can bully as an attempt to modify and normalize the individual with the aberrant behavior. It happens in every social context to at least a mild degree. I don't generally trust that process. On an individual level pushing back against a bully requires some aggressiveness so that could be categorized various ways depending on degree and context. I go for fair fight one-on-one and not group conformity pressure.
Do you think consequences for speech constitute a bullying group social dynamic? In the situation of contemporary political topicality that much of this discussion is probably revolving around in an unspoken sense, I would say not necessarily. It can, for sure.
Much of it depends on context.
For instance, would any apology that would be made actually be accepted? Are there actual attempts made to help make the point of view more intelligible, or point someone to a source that could?
If not, I'd say it might be a form of bullying.
If however, those things are in fact the case, and the person claims to be bullied, I find that dubious. It seems like what they object to might in fact perhaps being held accountable for their own attempts at bullying. I think behavior that comes from a sense of entitlement regarding one's social position is something that should probably be changed, and if it requires group pressure to do so, so be it.
I certainly wouldn't say speaking to someone who revels in their lack of concern for political correctness in the same blunt fashion they employ is bullying. Nor would i say pointing out contradictions or the logical incoherency of an argument is bullying. This would be the case even if the contradictions were between past behavior and current words.