Many bullies use physical intimidation and threats to frighten their victims into staying silent. A victim of bullying may become emotionally withdrawn, shy, anxious, or easily upset, and he or she may evidence marked behavioral changes. For example, a child being bullied at the pool may start avoiding the pool, even if he or she formerly liked going, or an employee who is being bullied might change his or her work habits to avoid the bully. Someone being bullied online might start using the Internet yes, or demonstrate a decline in self-esteem.
often marks the start of larger antisocial behavior, which is one reason why it's important to catch bullies early. In addition to sparing victims considerable pain and suffering, early intervention can also prevent the development of additional antisocial behaviors, getting the bully the help he or she needs to address problems at home, emotional stress, and other issues.
It is interesting to note that figures for the umbrella category of mental health and its subcategory of depression are quite similar, among victims not bullied in the past, but presently being bullied. Here, numbers show a 12 percent difference. This suggests that among the other groups—those not bullied, those bullied in the past, and those bullied both past and present, depression is the main factor lowering mental health. The significant difference in the group not bullied in the past but presently being bullied suggests much higher levels of anger than in other groups, one of those other groups has people still being bullied. The key word here is “still.” If victims from the group bullied over the long-term are not so angry, it may be because long-term victimization has so accustomed them to unhealthy treatment they have accepted it. This only proves the study’s main find: . One might surmise that if these children are not as angry it might in fact be a good thing, but acceptance of routine maltreatment suggests a significantly larger drop in feelings of self-worth, another area measured by the study. Indeed, this is the case.