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A Rational Alternative to the National School Anti-Bullying Policy

by Izzy KalmanNovember 7, 2010Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying Now is the worst time in history to be a school principal or administrator. Not only have state governments passed anti-bullying laws that hold schools legally responsible for accomplishing the impossible, the Federal government has thrown its big guns into the vicious attack […]

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Who Really Killed 11 Year Old Jaheem Herrera?

by Izzy KalmanAugust 27, 2009Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying According to a new report, bullying did not kill Jaheem Herrera. Jaheem Herrera is the tragic fifth grader from Georgia who committed suicide last April, supposedly because he was being called “gay” and “snitch” by kids in school. This happened a mere two […]

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Bullying Survey Results Or The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Bully Movement Chapter One: Power

Cognitive Dissonance and Hypocrisy There is a psychological theory called Cognitive Dissonance, proposed by Leon Festinger in 1956, which posits that people cannot tolerate contradictions in their own cognitions, or thoughts. So what we do is perform mental manipulations that reduce the discomfort of these internal contradictions. In ordinary language, we practice hypocrisy. Yes, we […]

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