The concept of bullying has been lodged in my mind for the last two years, and has been developing since then. It has been a painful personal journey from conception to implementation, and a most difficult one, rife with struggles both on a psychological level and on a social level. What concerns me most is to uncover the ramifications of bullying, the actual effects this abuse (of all kinds) has on people of all ages, races, and affiliations.

I try to address the subsequent behavior and emotions that ensue from the action of bullying. 

After abundant research and countless interviews, I have finally been able to come to terms with this topic and able to confront it with the aim of helping others who have gone through one of – if not all of – the types of bullying that I explore in this show.

I am proud of this journey, of how it started and how it developed, and I hope the results – my exhibition BULLYIng – will make a difference to you.

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Insult BULLYing

Weigh Me Down

People who undermine you by throwing insults at you are bullying you openly albeit verbally in front of others. They have no shame to insult your weight, or insult your personal life, or insult any personal issue about you, and they do it with a smile on their face and a sweet voice. Sometimes they do it on purpose, and sometimes they are unaware of how hurtful it is; either way, insult is an insult.

 

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Intimidation BULLYing

Who Do You Think You Are?

There are people in your life who think they are better than you, acting as though they are in constant competition with you. They are immature and unwise, and still haven’t learned that the only real competition is between you and yourself. These people put you down because it makes them feel better; they are insecure and this is their weapon. The pain comes from the fact that these people are closer to you than anyone thinks; the closer they are, the more painful and deeper the wound.

 

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Work BULLYing

Stress Me More

Work bullying includes shouting at employees or colleagues, swearing, name calling, sarcasm, spreading malicious rumours and lies, threats and intimidation, teasing, aggression, and of course abuse of authority. This of course not only interferes with your performance at work, but one of the most salient psychological effects of work bullying is severe stress, which can manifest itself in an eating disorder, depression, bad habits, and other problems.

 

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Emotional BULLYing

Marital Status

Emotional bullying digs into the deepest, darkest secrets you harbour, the things that are in fact your weaknesses, either because they are the people you love the most, or they are your doubts and insecurities. Sometimes other people can be so harsh and callous, criticizing you for decisions you make, or thing you do, and they have no idea how dif cult these choices were for you, but they pressure you into feeling guilty and inadequate. It is an intense and deeply emotional abuse to the core. 

 

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Witnessing Violence BULLYing

Clip My Wings

We have become a society that markets pain, violence, personal scandals, politics, etc. and we expose it instead of stopping it. When we see a scandalous video that could ruin the lives of people, we spread it on social media and via word of mouth instead of taking positive action and “righting the wrong”. The new generation has become desensitized to violence and scandal and their ensuing rami cations, all because of the amount of exposure they get to it. Taking pleasure from another person’s pain is not acceptable, but sadly, we have become a society that does accept it. 

 

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Success BULLYing

Step All Over Me

Envy and greed are the source of all success bullying. Not only do people want a piece of your pie, and a stake in your success, but the minute you lose it, you lose these so-called “friends” too. People use your success as an achievement for them, or they exploit your efforts, or even take credit for your own success. They want to climb your ladder of success by using you, and they have no qualms to push you off that ladder when it suits them. 

 

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Haters BULLYing

I’m In Love

Some people are treated like criminals in our society. They are abused physically, emotionally, psycholigically, and mentally. People who mistreat those people are basically haters, and they extend that abuse to not only individuals, but also to any other minority group in the community. Haters may not ever become positive thinkers, but at least they should keep their hatred to themselves and not waste such strong emotions on others. 

 

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Racist BULLYing

You’re The Same As Me And You Breathe The Air I Breathe

Everyone has their own opinion, their own values and standards, their own methodology of living their life, and yet some people expect everyone to follow theirs; as if their own opinion, belief, and values far exceed anyone else’s and should be the norm. We are all made of the same stuff ( esh, blood, muscle, fat, organs, etc) and we all breathe the same air; we all die from the same things and need the same things to survive (air, food, shelter, water, security, love), and yet this hypocrisy turns people into preachers. 

 

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School BULLYing

I’m Learning, Yes, I’m Learning

School bullying is one of the most dangerous not only because it encompasses virtually every type of bullying that exists (from insults to damaged property to sexual bullying), but also because it starts with you at a very young age. This means the damage ensuing can shape your morale and disturb your view of the world for years to come, if not forever. Moreover, over the years, school bullying has gone from relatively harmless verbal combat to – nowadays – murder. Most of this change comes from the wrongful in uence of the media and family environment. The other side of school bullying are the teachers: instead of teaching via respect and role modeling, many teachers these days use physical punishment as well as verbal bullying to attack the students and “keep them in line” using sheer terror. These teachers have become weapons of psychological destruction and society looks the others way. 

 

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Cyber BULLYing

How You See My Kids

Social media bullying is the most dangerous kind of bullying because it is the easiest method. Someone can hide behind fake names and faceless pro le pictures, and attack you with no regard to how it will affect not just you, but most importantly, your family. A mother can read disturbing negative comments about her child and feel helpless and overwhelmed. These abusive people can be as vicious as they want, because no one knows who they are, and no one can punish them. 

 

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Vandalism BULLYing

Damaged Property

Some people go through your most valuable, precious experiences and try to take them away from you. It is a destruction of emotional property. If you’re happy, they want you to be sad. If you’re successful, they want you to fail. They envy you and covet what you have. It is dif cult to ascertain who these people are at rst; they can be subtle and sneak up on you emotionally. That’s what makes them so dangerous. 

 

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Betrayal BULLYing

String Me Along

The most painful betrayal comes from the people you love the most. They string you along, dig holes for you, and stab you in the back. The disappointment and betrayal you feel from these people in whom you have invested so much, eventually shapes who you are, giving you thicker skin and a clearer vision of who you are. 

 

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Theft BULLYing

You Took Everything Away From Me

Every human being deserves a chance at life, and no one has the right to forcefully steal that from them for the sake of revege or any other self-induced self-righteousnous. Even if someone made a mistake (don’t we all?), you have no right to rob them of everything, especially their dignity and reputation, to avenge yourself. It is never, under any circumstances, acceptable to destroy someone completely. 

 

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Rumours BULLYing

Did You Know...?

There is no justifying any gossip, but realistically, there is gossip that can destroy lives, and there is gossip that is harmless. Gossip in the form of rumours based on lies for the sake of pure sel shness and carelessness can ruin reputations, break up marriages, destroy families, damage people psychologically, and wreck lives. 

 

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Sexual BULLYing

Is That What You Want To see?

It has become very common to throw around sexual profanity, words that are both offensive and sexist. It has become so common, in fact, that even the women are joining the men in this verbal bullying. Sexual harassement has also become common (in school, the work environment, family, and social surroundings). Society accepts the most inappropriate types of sexual bullying to the extent that when it gets out of hand in the form of rape or sexual assault, the victim is almost always to blame. 

 

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Calling Names BULLYing

It’s Your Baggage, Not Mine

It is easy for people to pass judgement on others, to call them names that end up de ning them for a long time and hurting them, contribuitng to their psychological disturbances. These people label you based on super cial, untrue ideas, or even blatant lies. They have no idea how much these labels affect another person until they become on the receiving end of this abuse, but by then, it could be too late. 

 

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Involving Peers BULLYing

The Shadow Of My Back

Peer pressure is a daily pressure in our lives, but sometimes it can sneak up on you. Some friends expect you to behave in a certain way, and if you don’t, they attack you in subtle ways by bad mouthing you to mutual friends. These people can be seen bad- mouthing their friends and you are left wondering if you are next. They expect you to adhere to their own personal agenda, and if you don’t, then you become black-listed too, and you will be next in line for the verbal assault. 

 

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Media BULLYing

Spoonfeed Me Culture

Our culture now comes from media, like reality shows that make us believe that we can achieve a certain fantasy, most of the time a corrupt one. The news is exaggerated and overbrimming with propaganda. Media is basically spoonfeeding our culture its own agenda and hence, shaping society and new generations into a twisted mould. 

 

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BULLied

I Apologize

I love you so very much,
Even though at times I do things that hurt,
I try so hard to hope that you always see, How much you being in my life means to me,

I am sorry yet again for causing you pain.
That is the last thing I ever wanted to do,
Even when I am trying to look out for you and do the right thing I mess up,
I am sorry for that too.

I hope that you still know is how much
I love and cherish you,
Like nothing else in my life gives me the thrill of being loved by you.

So I hope that you listen and see it in my eyes, this sincere apology that comes with
tears from deep inside. 

 

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HOPE

Pray

Pray for good and pray for love
Pray for peace and pray it’s enough!

Pray for salvation, pray that we are right

Pray for one day we open our eyes,

and

Pray for them and pray for us
Pray for one day we can all live as one

Pray for the children whose time is to come

Just pray they forgive us for the stupid things we have done.

- Tina Cousins 

 

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