There is lots of research to show that being bullied in childhood can have lifelong negative effects with such victims more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression in adulthood.
You’d like to think that bullies would get their comeuppance but recent research shows that bullies can reap social benefits by dominating those around them.
This might also boost their physical and psychological health in the long term.
The research was carried out using 20 years of data from over 1,400 people by scientists at Duke University in North Carolina and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences..
The participants were interviewed during childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. The scientist also took blood samples to look for a protein marker (CRP) which is a good predictor of someone developing heart disease.
Bullies had the lowest CRP levels, even lower than those who had never been bullied.
Bullying is not the only ways to gain status and research in both the USA AND the UK showed that standing up to bullies was good for you.