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Difference Between Bullying and Teasing

Main Difference

The main difference between the terms Bullying and Teasing is that Bullying is a direct means to hurt someone, whereas Teasing can be called to be a type of communication.

Bullying vs. Teasing

Bullying is a direct means to hurt someone. The bully targets a victim, and his goal is to embarrass him. Teasing can be called to be a type of communication; a teasing with no wrong intentions is good-natured, which is communication for people with each other. Bullying is the behavior of intentionally hurting someone weaker through words or actions. Teasing is an act of making fun of someone in a playful manner without any mischievous intention.

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Bullying tends to cause pain to a person emotionally or physically. Teasing is playful but not harmful; however, it can hurt others. Bullying always aims at disturbing others by creating social harshness. Good-natured teasing aims at the social exchange. The person who is bullying thinks that he looks better and more energetic. The person who is teasing does not have any such superiority complex. Bullying includes an imbalance of power, but teasing does not refer to any such thing.

A bully always makes such a person his prey, which usually does not provoke it like children that are less likely to be able to defend themselves. A teaser stops teasing if he finds the other person getting upset by it. In the case of bullying, it may get worse if a victim gets upset. Bullying includes calling someone names, taunting, and even sexual harassment. It is not done to make friends but to un-friend them. Teasing is not targeted with a serious intention to harm someone. It can do with friends, family members, classmates, or institute mates with no serious or extreme mischief.

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Comparison Chart

BullyingTeasing
The act of intentionally hurting someone weaker through words or actionsThe act of making fun of someone in a playful manner without any mischievous intention
Intention
Hurting or embarrassing the weakerMaking social ties or developing frankness
Behavior
NegativePositive/neutral
Includes
Calling names, taunting, and even sexual harassmentDoing pranks, calling fun names
Role in Society
Considered acceptableConsidered a social problem
Aims At
Creating social harshnessSocial exchange

What is Bullying?

Bullying includes taunting, calling someone names, and even sexual harassment. It usually happens through texting and online through social media. It is the act of intentionally hurting someone weaker through words or actions. It can be verbal or physical. The bully targets a victim, and his ultimate goal is to embarrass him. Bullying tends to cause pain to a person emotionally or physically.

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Bullying is often characterized by the imbalance of power. The bully always targets a mentally and physically weaker individual to exert his power. A bully always makes such a person his prey, which usually does not provoke it like children that are less likely to be able to defend themselves. It may get worse if a victim gets upset.

Verbal bullying is hostile teasing, name-calling regarding race, religion, sexual orientation. Intentional bullying is hurting someone purposefully. Sometimes a person does not mean a thing on purpose, but it happens to hurt others. This will be unintentional bullying. Power grab directs the situation when an individual forcefully suppresses another or belittle them. If the behavior of the bully is repeated, then it will be repeated bullying.

Bullying Categories

  • Physical Bullying. Make physical attempt like snatching or throwing anything, in an attempt to grab power from another
  • Verbal Bullying. Use of offensive and humiliating words to belittle the other individual
  • Social Bullying. Acts that are directed towards ruining another individual’s social reputation, e.g., spreading rumors and lies, giving names on the base of someone’s appearance/disability, etc.
  • Cyber Bullying. Bullying through digital channels, social media, text messages, email id, online chat rooms, etc.

What is Teasing?

Teasing is an act of making fun of someone in a playful manner without any mischievous intention. Teasing includes playing pranks and calling funny names (that are not abusive and does not hit the personality, race, religious, or sexual traits of a person). The reasons for teasing are to improve social affiliations, make the relationship closer, and to deal with awkward situations. Teasing can be called to be a type of communication. A teasing with no wrong intentions is good-natured, which is communication for people with each other. It is fun, playful, and friendly.

Good-natured teasing aims at the social exchange. It can be done with friends, family members, classmates, or institute mates with no serious or extreme mischief. The kids tease each other intending to form relationships or friendships. It also represents an indirect and harmless method to resolve conflicts by expressing frustration or disapproval. Teasing leads to better and closer relationships. The kids tease each other intending to form relationships or friendships.

When the teaser uses a mild tone of voice and said things by constantly smiling and the person being teased does not look unrelaxed, than the teasing is positive. However, playful teasing can be misinterpreted, among sensitive people, kids, or those struggling with social skills. Teasing becomes negative when it criticizes and embarrasses another person. The harmless teasing interaction can change hostile or adverse when the individual being teased is hurt or distressed by it. Teasing about someone’s physical appearance is almost always at a threat of getting hostile and hurtful.

Key Differences

  1. Bullying is a direct means to hurt someone; on the flip side, teasing can be called to be a type of communication.
  2. Bullying tends to cause more cause to a person emotionally or physically; conversely, teasing is playful but not harmful.
  3. Bullying always aims at disturbing others by creating social harshness while a good-natured teasing aims at the social exchange.
  4. Bullying is considered as negative behavior; on the other hand, teasing is known to be as positive and neutral behavior.
  5. The person who is bullying thinks that he looks better and stronger; on the contrary, the person who is teasing does not have any such superiority complex.
  6. The main purpose of bullying is to harm the other person or to get some status over them, on the contrary, the main intention of teasing is to have fun, build relationships, and to create social ties.
  7. Bullying includes calling someone names, taunting, and even sexual harassment teasing include doing pranks and calling fun names.
  8. Bullying is aggressive and is not done to make friends, but to un-friend them, inversely, teasing is mild and is not targeted with a serious intention to harm someone.
  9. Bullying is considered a social problem in society; on the converse, mild teasing is acceptable in society.

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Conclusion

Bullying and Teasing are the two different types of behaviors. Although they are similar in a way, there is a big difference between them based on their effects and consequences.

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