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The Importance of Understanding What Prevents Peace – Introduction to the Bully Programs 

In today’s world, there are bullies everywhere – at home, at school, in offices, among nations. There are ongoing attempts to stop the fighting, stop battles, and stop wars, yet they still go on. The question we need to ask not only your students, but also yourself, is: “What creates these battles? Is the cause of it outside ourselves – with the “enemy” – or does the battle begin in my brain?” Once we understand how fights begin, where it starts – we can stop them. If we see that we are the source of conflict we don’t put the responsibility to understand this on other people. The truth is that the only way to prevent wars from happening is to begin inside ourselves – to actually see the cause of battle in our brain in the way we have been conditioned to think, for it is the prejudicial conditioned images of the “enemy,” due to the divisively destructive nature of ethnocentric superiority, that creates war. And the source of this conditioning comes from our primitive brain’s reaction to feeling a threat to its survival. 

 The impulse or compulsion to bully is biologically and genetically based, built into us for survival — to protect ourselves from a person or group we believe is a threat to us. We therefore see bullying as paradoxically necessary for our survival – survival of the fittest. Also anyone within the group who seems weak becomes a threat to the survival of the group and is perceived as someone who needs to be eliminated — or bullied — out of the group. We shun, we intimidate, we bully all in the misguided name of survival. What will free us from this compulsion of the survival of the fittest? It’s not knowledge that will free us but rather seeing the actual movement of this compulsion within ourselves in the way we have been conditioned to think in this divisive way, for it is knowledge, motivated by the primitive biological brain, that separates us and creates conflict. 

 In the resources that follow we focus mainly on psychological conditioning originally emanating from the primitive brain in it's misguided intent for survival. It is at this level in conditioned thought that the conflict is best recognized and more readily dealt with. But one must not forget the origins of this psychological conditioning. That is why we have included two programs – Hardwired for War and Are We Born to Bully – to help young people explore these fundamental factors that are at the source of human conflict.

The Ten Stages of the Bully/Victim Cycle
From the Playground to the Battlefield

Below are our Curricula that coincides with our Training. If you would like to know more about these, or attend any of our trainings, or our comprehensive online education, please contact us for more information. Once signing up for training, you will be able to download any of our curricula here.

1. Why Do We Bully?

When we can understand the causes of bullying - that are rooted in the way we think - we can prevent it.

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2. Why is Everybody Always Picking on Me?

When a bully finds a victim to torment, there are always reasons. A victim benefits from knowing the answer to this question and to how a bully thinks.

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3. Why is Everybody Always Picking on Us?

When we learn to hate and fear because someone else is different then we are caught in prejudice. Whether it is the color of one’s skin, nationality, gender, sexual preference or religion it only creates pain and suffering.

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4. Why Am I Always Picking on Myself?

Each of us has an “inner bully” -- an inner voice that nags us, intimidates us. This is often where bullying begins.

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5. Why Can't I Do What I Want?

Young people need to learn that for every right there is a corresponding responsibility. Learning this makes for a balanced frame of mind in one’s relationship to others and the world.

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6. Why Are We Always Letting the Bullies Pick on Them?

Bystanders often don’t want to get involved in a bully situation. But a knowledgeable bystander can be powerful and resourceful.

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7. Why Are They Always Getting Picked On?

Youth-at-risk are bullied by fellow youth and by adults.  Understanding how and why they are picked on -- by the youth themselves as well as by parents and teachers -- can be eye-opening.

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8. Why Are We Always Picking on Each Other?

Wars break out because one group of people bullies another.  In today’s world, it helps to understand how this bullying begins.

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9. Are We Born to Bully?

In today’s world, there are bullies everywhere – at home, at school, in offices, among nations. There are ongoing attempts to stop the fighting, stop battles, and stop wars, yet they still go on. “What creates these battles? Is the cause of it outside ourselves – with the “enemy” – “them”– or does the battle begin in the brain, my brain?

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10. Are We Born Hardwired for War?

"Most honest combat vets will tell you, perhaps not eloquently but in their own way, the same thing: essentially that combat is in our human DNA and demands to be exercised … The question is, can we humans evolve peacefully, or will we succumb to instincts we can't transcend?"
- Former Marine Corp helicopter pilot in Vietnam

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