Anyone who has been reading the little debate going on down at Springer vs Whitehouse will see that some people tend to be abusive as opposed to constructive. Now I noticed a few things in some of the posts in response to my piece that made me think. The posts seemed to display the characteristics I have listed below, amongst others.
The respondant seemed to:
Have a relatively positive view of themselves
Have a strong need to dominate and subdue
Be hot-tempered, easily angered and impulsive
Be generally oppositional, defiant, and aggressive
Now I found these characteristics in Norwegian psychologist Dan Olweus's book "Bullying at School". Funny how they fitted in. Have a look for yourself.
It happens thoughout our lives. But there is a positive side to it all. If you have the ability to read and write and hold a conversation without resorting to demeaning your fellows and can remember what was said five minutes ago the wonderful world of constructive debate, intelligent conversation and mental expansion awaits!
The bully is perfect for perfecting your skills. Try to keep them on the subject! See how they denegrate you one minute and display the same behaviour the next! And try to work out what in God's name is running through their head!