Bullies often have problems they don’t know how to deal with. Bullies, as well as targets, need help and understanding. Personality Traits – Bullies tend to be aggressive and impulsive, having little empathy or regard for the feelings of others. While some bullies feel they are better than the ones they target, most bullies are insecure individuals who use bullying as a way to build their self-esteem and feel powerful. Family Behavior – Many bullies come from families where they were physically or emotionally abused, or where they’ve witnessed the abuse of other family members. Peer Group – In a culture or climate where there are few consequences for bullying, some students may try to fit in by joining in on the bullying. They might even feel that if they don’t join in, they could become a target themselves. Past Experience – Many bullies are former bully- ing targets. These students take out their anger on others, or simply do what’s been done to them. Spending time watching violent shows or playing violent video games can also contribute to the feeling that aggressive behavior is acceptable. What Makes Someone Be a Bully?