What does a bully get out of bullying people?

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Last Updated: 07/17/2018 at 8:14am
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August 31st, 2015 3:38pm
Usually they feel less vulnerable to being hurt when they are hurting others. They use it for distraction to keep them safe from emotional harm.
February 23rd, 2016 12:09am
Bullies usually like to hold power and control over people because they don't have it in their lives. I know some kids at my school who used to be the biggest sweethearts, but then started to tear others down to build themselves up. I don't think bullying is ever the answer.
May 17th, 2016 10:38am
Bullies are usually those who have been bullied in the past. Bullying other people makes them feel superior and that they are on top.
May 31st, 2016 10:24pm
The bully will hopefully get feelings of guilt. The bully can also get bad reputation, it might be harder to find friends if you are a bully.
July 12th, 2016 5:30am
They get power. They have power over you and that makes them feel stronger and better than you, even though that's rarely the case.
February 6th, 2017 3:55pm
Bullies tend to be cowards who prey on people they deem weaker than themselves to assert their own strength in certain areas, the truth is that these bullies are almost always insecure about themselves in one way or another.
May 14th, 2018 8:17am
They get a momentary sense of great relief from bullying. They're usually really hurt people that are weak inside, they might've been bullied themselves and they find bullying others gives them gratification.. most wont fight back when you do) We should try to stand up to a bully and later help them deal with their issues
July 17th, 2018 8:14am
Most bullies are unfortunately people who have suffered really tragic experiences and they try to take it out on the people around them