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Bullies: Understanding Bullies and Bullying

by Dennis Lines Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 224 pages
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Is there a particular type of person who becomes a bully? Why do bullies behave like they do? How can we interpret and understand bullying within relationships?

The Bullies attempts to get inside the minds of the bully and victim - the child, the adolescent and the adult - across a wide range of 'closed' situations including the home, school and workplace, prisons and the armed services. By listening to the voices of bullies and victims from all kinds of backgrounds without making judgements, counsellor Dennis Lines provides unique insights into bullying and what makes such domineering and aggressive behaviour so complex. He discusses controversial issues such as genetic predisposition towards abusive behaviour and draws on his counselling knowledge to provide insights on how to understand and treat bullies to change their behaviour.

The Bullies offers a unique and illustrated perspective on a widespread phenomenon, and will be essential reading for psychologists, sociologists, counsellors, teachers, social workers, probation officers, students and researchers.

Introduction.; 1. Is it 'natural' to bully or to be altruistic?; 2. The nature nurture basis of human behaviour.; 3. Who Bullies?; 4. Interpreting Bullying Behaviour.; 5. Bullying In School.; 6. Domestic Violence - Bullying Partners.; 7. Bullying Children and Young People.; 8. Bullying in the Workplace.; 9. A Better Way Forward.; References.; Index.

Dennis Lines has extensive experience as a youth leader, teacher and school counsellor. His tone is engaging, open and honest. I liked the fact the text does not attempt to come up with prescriptive ideas and is not too polemical. It reasonably discusses many different perspectives, then allows readers to draw their own conclusions.
Dennis Lines holds a BPhil Ed (Counselling) and is MBACP affiliated. He has been a youth leader for 12 years, an RE teacher in secondary school for 11 years, and has for the past 22 years worked as a School Counsellor in a large secondary school in Birmingham. He has published widely and given lectures and conducted workshops on adolescent development and related topics nationally.