The Right Coast

January 14, 2004
Bullies are like dictators
By Michael Rappaport

This post by Andrew Sullivan, discussing a story which reports research showing that bullies have plenty of self esteem, strikes me as entirely right:
    The Self Esteem of Bullies: They have plenty of it. But we knew that, didn't we? "They don't show any signs whatsoever of depression, loneliness or anxiety," Dr Juvonen said. "They look even healthier than the socially adjusted kids who are not involved in the bullying." Duh. They're mainly boys; they have testosterone; their social cachet comes from becoming Alpha Male. The last thing you need to do is psychoanalyze them: they have to be disciplined. Like dictators.