Study: Bullies Have Higher Self-Esteem, Social Status « CBS Atlanta:
"Bullying behaviors are linked to higher self-esteem, social status, and a lower rate of depression, according to a new provocative study.
Researchers at Simon Fraser University observed a group of high school students finding that bullies had the highest self esteem, greatest social status, and were less likely to be depressed, as reported by National Post.
“Humans tend to try to establish a rank hierarchy,” Jennifer Wong, a criminology professor who led the study, told the Post.
“When you’re in high school, it’s a very limited arena in which you can establish your rank, and climbing the social ladder to be on top is one of the main ways … Bullying is a tool you can use to get there.”
Wong notes that many anti-bullying initiatives try to change the behavior of bullies, but often don’t work.
This is likely because behavior is hard-wired and not learned, she says..."