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Tai Asks Why: The Science Behind Bullying – And How Can We Stop It

Jun 10, 2021

Chickens do it, goats do it, people do it, even trees and bushes do it … bully.

Being aggressive to weaker individuals seems to be part of the evolutionary strategy, in general.

Bullying involves a power imbalance and bullies are generally after three things says Tony Volk, a developmental psychologist at Brock University, “Resources (like food or lunch money), reputation (or popularity), or reproduction (like a date, or a mate).”

Tune in as Tai explores the science of bullying Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. on The Pea Green Boat.