Friday, February 13, 2015

Community Safety Covert Bullying Cyber Bullying Innuendo Defamation Female Aggression Bullying at School Workplace Bullying Vigilantism Hyper-Vigilantism

What’s “innuendo”?

“Innuendo” has a special legal meaning. 

Sometimes a story will look completely
innocent to most people, but it may carry a barb that is understood by some of the

For example, it may appear harmless to say that John Smith doesn’t recycle waste paper. 

But if some people know that Smith is an environmental activist, the story will suggest to those people that he is a hypocrite.

"...indirect (or covert or relational) bullying (or social aggression)

(e.g. rumour spreading, isolation and social seclusion which is more hidden)."

A further aspect of using the peer group as a method of bullying is the opportunity for rapid transmission

of emotions and behaviours through a crowd, diffusing the level of individual responsibility [184], so that

each member feels less responsible for the victimisation, a process referred to as 

‘social contagion’

[185]. This has the added advantage that if the aggressive act is carried out by a single peer, the person

bullied may feel that it is just that particular person who does not like him/her, whereas if the entire group

engages in the activity, the person being bullied is likely to feel that everyone hates him/her and that this

is due to his/her own personal failings [139].

Edith Cowan University 2009

"Until fairly recently, there were no sounds associated with female aggression -- as if it didn't exist.

It's only in the last decade or so that aggression by the female -- in the form of social or relational aggression -- has been recognized.

 The words now associated with female aggressive behavior include: 

excluding, ignoring, teasing, gossiping, secrets, backstabbing, rumor spreading and hostile body language (i.e., eye-rolling and smirking).  

Most damaging is turning the victim into a social "undesirable". 

The behavior and associated anger is hidden, often wrapped in a package seen as somewhat harmless or just a "girl thing".  

The covert nature of the aggression leaves the victim with no forum to refute the accusations 

and, in fact, attempts to defend oneself leads to an escalation of the aggression." 

(Bullying in the Female World

The Hidden Aggression Behind the Innocent Smile)

 Psychology Today  Sep. 3rd 2011

"With the growing data indicating that, for both boys and girls, covert forms of
bullying are likely to ‘cause the greatest amount of suffering, while they have a greater chance of going unnoticed by teachers’ [122], 

it is clear that the old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but
names will never harm me’ is not only inaccurate,

but is also dangerous in that it has marginalised the
importance of covert bullying in the context of school bullying policy and teacher awareness."

Edith Cowan University 2009

“Subsequently, they conceptualised indirect aggression and/orbullying

as a means in which:

‘...the aggressor may remain unidentified, thereby

avoiding both counterattack from the target and disapproval from others’ 

Edith Cowan University 2009


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