…especially if they fear losing their power over their targets! What do they do?
Simple, they attack! Always!
When bullies get exposed and are in danger of losing face, and thus, losing their power over their targets, they know they have real problems on their hands.
They know that if they ever lose power over their targets, they lose power over everyone. Then, they become the hunted!
Understand that bullies always target whoever is perceived to be the weakest or has the least power because they’re the easiest prey. Without the target, they have power over no one. So, they launch a brutal and very public attack on the target to re-enforce their power and the unwritten rule that “no one messes with” them.
And what better way to contain threats, solve their problems, and assuage their fears than to go on a full-blown, merciless attack? If you’re a target of bullying and your bullies are under the threat of losing their social status and capital, you will be the one they lash out at because bullies instinctively know that the best way to “stay in charge” is to attack someone.
Their followers love it, and they get entertainment out of seeing you get beaten down. At the same time, the bullies send the unspoken reminder to the rest of the people that it’s in their best interest not to defy them. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that bullies will attack rather than risk losing power.
With knowledge comes empowerment!