Isn’t it funny how quickly bullies can become board-certified shrinks? And they can do it overnight, without reading as much as a single word out of a psychology textbook.
As we all know, bullies are legends (or Doctors of Psychology) in their own minds and they only make themselves look stupid when they “diagnose” anyone they cannot manipulate.
This little phenomenon is called “pop-psych,” and, in all it’s entitlement (and embarrassment), empowers bullies to conduct, “remote analyses” while holding little to zero education in the field of Psychology.
If you’re a target of bullying who’s been dx-ed by bullies, you can counter these accusations of insanity by reading a basic psychology 101 textbook, then asking your bullies questions that challenge the narrative.
Jack: “Don’t hang out with Jill. She’s crazy.”
Kelly: “Crazy? That sounds like a pretty serious accusation. Crazy in what way?”
Jack: “Uh…I don’t know. Like schizo or something.”
Kelly: There are five categories of schizophrenia, which one do you think she falls into?”
Kelly: “I’ll have you know that paranoia is a common trait in many psychopathologies.”
Jack: “Uhhhh. I dunno. She’s talking about people talking about her and thinking they’re after her or something- that’s crazy.”
Kelly: “Jack, have you ever considered that possibility that Jill may be a target of bullying?”
Jack: “Oh, no! We’re not allowed to talk about that.”
Kelly: (Rolls her eyes and scoffs at Jack, then walks away.)
When bullies use pop-psychology, they do it out of ignorance and entitlement. They use mental health and mental illness as a weapon and end up making themselves look stupid.
With knowledge comes empowerment!
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