What is bullying and why do bullies bully? Aggressive or dominating behavior is often displayed by teenagers and can continue over a lifetime in abusive relationships. Such a primitive psychological defense mechanism finds roots in an attempt to control disturbing feelings. Many times a bully is seeking power, especially if they did not receive a sense of security or empowerment at home. When parents or caregivers attempt control children by creating fear or shame, perhaps the smaller, more scared children or those with deeper emotional insecurities become victims, while others will hide behind their discomforts by showing abusing behaviors and exploiting other kids’ insecurities. Join Dr. Sadigh and his special guest Sandra Dupont, LMFT to find out how the bully and the bullied respond in relationship with self and others. Learn what needs must be met in order to prevent bullying. Sandra specializes in supporting teens and their parents in understanding and addressing the issues teens face today. Sandra Dupont has advanced training in adolescent psychology & mental development, Family Systems, Child Advocacy, Respectful Parent Training, Working Effectively with Burned-Out Parents, as well as nine years experience as a practicing counselor for families with teens.
Sandra is the author of “What Would Your Teen Life Coach Say? A Survival Guide for Girls Entering High School” that presents fictional teens with real-life situations like learning how to deal with physical changes, mood swings, mean girls, defining boundaries and more... She is also co-editor of a magazine called Revitalize, Inspire and Perform, directed towards at risk youth. She writes a column for the Huffington Post on raising teenagers in LA, and her books are available for purchase on Amazon.com