a persistent pattern of unwelcome or aggressive behaviour that often involves
an imbalance of power, and/or the intention to harm or humiliate someone.
the other hand is generally a disagreement or difference in opinion between
peers who typically have equal power in their relationships. It’s usually an
inevitable part of a group dynamic.
Bullying or conflict?
female members of the school basketball team are arguing with each other over
the loss of a recent game. One of the girls is blaming the other for letting
the opposing team knock the ball out of her hands before she could throw it.
The other girl is saying it’s her teammate's fault because she didn’t pass the
ball to her during the last few seconds of the game. They continue to fight
until their coach gets involved and tells the girls to stop arguing.
This is an example of conflict. Both girls
have equal power and are disagreeing over the outcome of a game. Neither is
threatened or harmed, and neither is showing signs of humiliation or distress.
If one of the girls continued to blame the
other and started calling her names, taunting her outside of the gymnasium or
even getting others to gang up on her for the purpose of hurting her feelings
or alienating her from her team and peers, that would be considered bullying.