Bullies bully because they have fragile, but overinflated egos. Believe it or not, the ego is a huge factor in bullying- perhaps the biggest.
Bullies will often bully their targets any time they see him/her get recognition for a good deed or achievement. This is because bullies interpret any praise the target gets from others as the diminishing of them in some way or another. When the target has success in something, the bullies begin thinking about their own achievements (or lack thereof) and comparing them to those of the target. They then feel regret or jealousy.
The bullies become totally absorbed in how the target’s success reflects on them and they personalize it as if the target is an adversary competing for the same award. Because of the bullies exaggerated self-focus, they become angry and want to attack the target.
Bullies compare themselves to their target according to their own egocentric views and fear that others will consider them less important than the target, who is “supposed to be” inferior to them. Also, the bullies feel like the target is getting more attention than they are, and this infuriates them.
The reason why it enrages them so is that it totally goes against their beliefs that the target is inferior. Bullies absolutely despise being shown up.
They feel a sense of injustice anytime the target achieves success and gets recognition for that success.
If you’re a target of bullying and a high achiever, you’ll often hear such statements as:
“You think you’re better than me (or us).”
“You think you’re some kind of super star.”
You think you’re this and you think you’re that.
By making such bold statements, bullies only imagine what the target thinks of them, then project onto the target, as if, they know what the target thinks. Bullies claim to be mind readers. And what’s so bad is that they presume the worst of the target without any evidence to back it up.
The bullies then feel an urgent need to attack the target because they feel that the target slighted them simply by being successful and making achievements.
So, I want you to know that if you ever find yourself in this kind of predicament, know that you did nothing wrong and that it isn’t about you. It’s about your bullies, their insecurities, and their own shattered egos. The bullies are the ones with the issues. You, on the other hand, are a winner and you are on the side of truth and right. Always remember that and keep winning!