when peers mess you up – Dieter Wolke


Dieter Wolke

Dieter Wolke and his team research  bullying in all its forms and its impact on our soul and how we turn out in later life.

He’s also working on his stand-up routine and has some good jokes – and, since he’s a professor at Warwick University,  he has students who’ll pay to laugh at his jokes and get good grades.

Academia, eh?
Laugh? I nearly stayed in school.

Dieter Wolke’s comedy is ok but his work is top notch.
You may be surprised by some of the findings that he and his team have unearthed – or maybe you’ll find more data confirming your own existing theories…

If you don’t like some of his jokes, its ok – just hang in there with him:
when he’s gotten through his set-up he’s well worth listening to –
and reading and keeping an eye on.

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2 Responses to when peers mess you up – Dieter Wolke

  1. Loreen Lee says:

    I found this to be an excellent presentation, and felt the ‘humor’ was well placed. Although the talk did center on peer-related bullying, he did express early childhood experiences, and indeed I believe that ‘everything we live through affects us’, but also that we have the choice to develop that awareness which allows us to interpret it in a way that will contribute to our psychological and spiritual growth.
    My experiences of the late 80’s and early 90’s are documented in my book Portals of Paradox, (on line). I concluded from this talk that sexual harassment could be considered a form of bullying. In my case, innuendo was constant, and also appeared on the papers which I submitted to the ‘bullying’ professors. Indeed, that I was not believed, contributed to the ‘angst’. I shall not go into detail here, except to suggest that a reactive behavior, (difficult to overcome as it is a part of a ‘victim’ mentality) is most likely to contribute to greater involvement in the delemna. Hopefully, I am learning when it is best to simply walk away.
    I submit this in answer to your response that your purpose here is to solicit a dialogue about these topics. However, I feel that although the poetry etc. by such people as Charles Bronski is interesting and informative, and many of these posts do not offer the occasion of solutions to mental health issues. My believe and experience has taught me that it is education, (in my case philosophy and the study of religions, like Buddhism) that have had the greatest positive effect. My form of ‘cognitive therapy’, if you will. This I feel is far better, or a purposeful adjunct, to getting to know the realities of the discomfort, which I agree is also necessary. In th future I will attempt therefore to occasionally respond to those posts, also, which express to my understanding, the desire to grow more familiar and thus detached from the ongoing ‘trials’ of life. It is indeed encouraging that such rock and roll musics have so often a positive message.
    All the best, Loreen.

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    • Hi Loreen, thanks for this.

      We choose not to tell people what to do or what will work for them – how could we know…
      And yes our purposes is we want a bigger broader conversation – one that’s more grown up and informed by all, not just a narrow slice of human knowledge.
      and certainly not just from science but all other fields of human insight.
      Its past time to move beyond the false choice: meds are everything/meds are evil.

      Wolke and many others use a description of bullying that includes one [ore more] person behaving in a way that toward an other that that demeans them, and within a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power. [my paraphrase]

      ..so I think the kind of experiences you mention could easily fit into that framework. as might all forms of oppression.

      I’m glad you like Wolke, I only recently discovered him. I think he’s great – there’ll be more of his stuff and other stuff on bullying coming up.

      k

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