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Help Wanted: Bullying Researchers with True Grit

Without courage, researchers will never discover the solution to bullying. Published on October 30, 2011 by Izzy Kalman in A Psychological Solution to Bullying Are you a serious researcher on bullying and/or aggression? Are you interested in conducting a study that might uncover the solution to bullying that the schools of the world have been […]

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Open Letter to Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Published on October 13, 2011 by Izzy Kalman in A Psychological Solution to Bullying Honorable Mr. Duncan: Regarding: How to solve the problem of bullying with no extra budget Our country is facing a crisis over the problem of bullying in schools. President Obama labeled it an “epidemic.” The U.S. Department of Education acknowledged the […]

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Principle Number Three: The Golden Rule

Moral school bullying policies must conform to the Golden Rule.
Published on May 11, 2011 by Izzy Kalman in A Psychological Solution to Bullying

This is an installment in a series called “Ten Principles for Moral Discipline”. They are meant to form the basis of a moral, effective school bullying policy.

There are numerous ways to express the Golden Rule:

  • Love thy neighbor as thyself.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Whatever is hateful to yourself, do not do to others.
  • Be nice to people even when they are mean to you. (Izzy Kalman’s version)
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Senator Oley Larsen, the Best Friend of North Dakotan Schools

Misunderstood senator bravely combats misguided anti-bullying laws.
Published on March 9, 2011 by Izzy Kalman in A Psychological Solution to Bullying

It is easy to go along with the crowd. But to be one of the only people in the world actively taking a position against history’s most popular crusade–the anti-bully movement–takes unparalleled courage.

Such a person is Senator Oley Larsen, who in the past month has become North Dakota’s most despised individual. What very few people realize, though, is that he is actually their school’s best friend.

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Principle Number Two: Actions Speak Louder Than Words–Or–Practice What You Preach

Practice_What_You_PreachWe can’t teach bullying is wrong by bullying bullies.

Published on January 27, 2011 by Izzy Kalman in A Psychological Solution to Bullying

This is an installment in a series called “Ten Principles for Moral Discipline”

You have probably heard the expression, Children learn from what we do, not from what we say. If they just did what we said, life would be terrific. We could simply tell them to be nice all the time, and then they will be nice. And we would be rid of bullying both at home and in school. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way, as you have certainly learned by now if you are a parent or teacher.

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Norway Massacre: What It Reveals About the Olweus Bullying Program

Is Norwegian compassion the secret to Olweus’ positive research results?

Published on August 11, 2011 by Izzy Kalman in A Psychological Solution to Bullying

Breivik_massacreOn Friday, July 22, the most horrific non-wartime shooting spree in history was committed in the peace-loving country of Norway. Following his bombing of a government building in Oslo, killing eight people, Anders Breivik, on a crazed mission to get his homeland to reverse its liberal policy towards Muslim immigration, dressed up as a police officer and shot to death 69 youngsters at a summer camp on the island of Utoya. 

It should not surprise us that even in a small country of five million people, once in many years one deranged individual will commit an unexpected act of mass murder.

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Turtles Can Fly–Movie Recommendation

I recently watched this particularly touching and painful film, and I feel I must recommend it to everyone (not children, though). Turtles Can Fly is a Kurdish film by director/writer Bahman Ghobadi, and is proof that some of the best movies are not made by Hollywood. The modern world is so concerned about the “horrible […]

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A Note on Freedom of Speech

by Izzy Kalman (August 2004) I believe it is a great tragedy that citizens of democratic countries are not educated about the true brilliance and power of the right to Freedom of Speech. Many people don’t understand why it is best to let people say whatever they want – even if it hurts people feelings […]

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The Origin of the Taboo Against “Blaming Victims” in Modern Psychotherapy

by Izzy Kalman (February 2003) The taboo against “blaming the victim” has taken firm root in the psychotherapeutic world. This is what Michelle Bograd, PhD, writes about domestic violence in the March/April edition of Psychotherapy Networker: “Most [psychotherapy] models emphasize the accountability of the abuser in order to be clear about the power dynamics at […]

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Slobodan Milosevic — BULLY OR VICTIM?

by Izzy Kalman (March 2002) Slobodan Milosevic is back in the news. He is being tried for crimes against humanity by a UN war crimes tribunal. This man has been reviled by the world for allegedly masterminding the attempted genocide of the Albanian people in Yugoslavia. He certainly fits the bill of “bully”: someone who […]

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