posted on Mar, 31 2012 @ 03:40 PM
Originally posted by smyleegrl
reply to post by Aqualung2012
There are a plethora of case studies that show bullying can have long term negative consequences, especially when it occurs in the teenage years.
Teenagers practically live in their limbic system, the area of the brain that deals with emotion. A person who's in their limbic system has
difficulty accessing the frontal lobe of the brain, which is where rational thought, meta cognition, and other skills develop. Since some teenagers
have highly sensitized limbic systems, it can be very hard for them to think coherently when something traumatic occurs, they often have difficulty
thinking rationally at that moment. If the trauma is severe enough, the person may do something that harms themselves or others simply because they
That has always been so... the children suffering from their over-active limbic systems are no different than the ones being edged-on by their own.
See both sides...
You have a WONDERFUL opportunity as a teacher to give yourself up in order to help stop the ignorance at the base of bullying... and thats REAL
The key is to encourage strength in character. Teach your students non-attachment. Teach them to be compassionate even though they are suffering...
really demonstrate this to them.
Do not coddle them and shelter them from the disagreeable parts of reality. That is actually making the children weaker, it's a disservice to them.
Help them when they are in front of you. Be the initial spark of confidence in ALL of them- every day- every MOMENT and maybe one day NONE of them
will be like the idiots out there.
You will not change nearly as much creating threads here as you would if you put a great emphasis on each moment, each thing in your life at any
You see that suffering is endless, and you vow to end it all.
The only way to do this is to live through and through. There are far more direct ways of helping either that particular girl, or even the thousands
of ones you aren't aware of. Just sit with it a while.
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