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Writer's Block: Everybody hurts

Have you or a friend ever been bullied? How did you get through it?

Yes, as the official skinny shy nerd kid I was bullied all through school. I "dealt" with it by becoming introverted: Withdrawing into myself, hiding my emotions, trying to become invisible. A few times later, toward the end of high school, I lost it and snapped back, and was surprised to find bullies generally back down when confronted ... but I never fully got over problems of self-esteem, and to this day avoid confrontation when possible.

Also to this day -- as you might imagine -- I react badly to being told what to do.


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Aug. 30th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
God, I hated school. I had a lisp and a limp, man was I a victim.

Funny thing was, I nearly died in the operating theatre in the summer between school and our college (I was 16 at the time).

Lost any fear of someone calling me names then. Next bloke who tried...

Apparently I can't run, but back then I could punch. :D
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
Hm ... I never thought of it before, but I was very sick at one point during high school -- the spring of my sophomore year, I think -- and for awhile they thought I might not make it. It was after that when I started fighting back, myself; I'd never put the two together before, but maybe that kind of experience puts things into perspective.
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, being beaten up doesn't hold a candle to being dead does it?
Aug. 31st, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Step-grandson was bullied (physically) in school. He didn't fight back until one day he'd had more than enough. He's the one who got suspended while the bullies weren't punished. *sigh*
Aug. 31st, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Sadly, that's a story I've heard more than once. I think the bullies just get good at not being caught.
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