- Paperback: 89 pages
- Publisher: Maine Authors Pub (August 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938883608
- ISBN-13: 978-1938883606
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,101,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What to Do About It: A Guide to Recovery from Bullying Paperback – August 12, 2013
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"A definitive guide to bullying." -Kathleen Shannon, NBC-TV's "207"
"A compelling and insightful expose of the damage bullying can do to a child's self-esteem, and of measures that can be taken to stop it....For anyone who ever found themselves at the mercy of a bully, Mayfield's latest offering is definitely a book to have front and center on your shelves." -Nashua Telegraph
"Bullied gently gives readers many of the tools to start pulling themselves out of a situation that can appear hopeless. Mayfield covers why kids become bullies, what to do when parents or teachers are the bullies, and tips for when a student gets so mad he or she feels tempted to hurt someone. Most importantly, she urges the victim to remember that the situation will get better in the future." -Voice of Youth Advocates
"In less than 100 pages, this book can help people through the challenge of being a bullying victim as well as understand how their own anger can inadvertently cause them to become a bully."-PsychologyToday.com
"This book is a great tool to start the conversation with your kids on what bullying truly looks like and how they can look it straight in the face and fight back. The book is a quick read with inspirational quotes from many well-known figures of our times. I applaud Katherine for rising above her past and being one of those people who seeks to make the path easier for others." -PowerofMoms.com
"Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What to Do About It is an intriguing and helpful guide for those who have been tormented by bullies, and those who are bullies themselves.... Mayfield's book offers great solace and encouragement for those who may be lacking in confidence and self-esteem caused by being tormented by those who feel the need to take out their frustrations on others." -BellaOnline.com
"Bullying may be the defining issue for young people in America in the 21st century. Katherine Mayfield covers both the bullies in the home and the bullies at school with clarity, empathy, and sincerity. She gives real practical advice of the kind that only one who has survived and transcended the experience is able to give. This is the ideal book for a young person or a supportive parent to read." -Matt Posner, New York City teacher and co-author of Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
Are you depressed? Overwhelmed by your feelings? Imagine that someone is reaching out to you after you've been bullied. Imagine someone who knows what you're feeling putting their arm around your shoulders, walking next to you, and helping you understand, express, and let go of the bad feelings you have inside. Bullied will teach you a simple, four-step plan for letting go of your troubling emotions so you can feel better about yourself and your life. Written by an award-winning author who was bullied and abused, Bullied will help you learn about emotional intelligence so you can express your feelings in healthy ways without hurting yourself or others. You'll find out why kids bully other kids, how to help yourself feel better, and how to start building your confidence so you feel stronger and more capable in your life. If you're a bully, Bullied can help you discover why you want to hurt others, and how to stop bullying and find better ways to get what you need. You may not realize it now, but life can get better after you've been bullied.
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Those two things also ensure that the substance of the content is well-presented to the reader.
The strongest points of BULLIED are its focus on the acceptance of emotions, and the steps the book provides in order to build a real, healthy and lasting kind of self-esteem. Just because low self-esteem and bullying culture is rampant nowadays doesn't make it right or acceptable. And it's always nice to see people work towards creating change in a positive, non-destructive way that is truly for the benefit of us all.
One of my favorite paragraphs from the book was:
"Experiencing emotions is an entirely normal aspect of being a human being. Most people in our society don't express feelings, or they don't express them very much or very often. . .There is absolutely nothing wrong with having feelings. They are nature's way of helping us protect ourselves and understand ourselves in relation to the world."
I wish this was a fact that was stated and explored more often in schools! It echoes one of the 14th Dalai Lama's tweets in 2013:
"What we do need to do is to find ways to incorporate advice about warm-heartedness into our education system."
I thought the chapter FOR bullies was very kind and logical too (titled "Part 4 - For Bullies: If you feel so bad that you just want to hurt someone"). If I was a bully, I'd be interested in reading and applying those steps to see if they worked. The fact that the chapter was written politely and non-condescendingly makes it a lot more constructive than berating.
The interviews towards the end of the book gave a well-rounded picture of bullying culture. I think these QnAs, along with the personal anecdotes Ms. Mayfield included throughout the text, will help readers who have been or are being bullied feel less alone and helpless--which certainly is a huge first step in recovery and healing.
All in all, BULLIED is a compassionate as well as positive, constructive guide book. I for one would love to see it available and easily accessible to students everywhere, so that they can be aware of the destructive consequences of bullying and be shown how they can rise above it.
"Bullied" is a comprehensive guide that every teen should read. It helps young readers understand what they are feeling and how to deal with their emotions. It contains suggestions on what they can do to feel better, advice on how to handle various encounters with bullies, tips on raising self-esteem, and even hotline numbers. In short, it does the most important thing of all, it helps the victims of bullying take steps so they feel they are in control. Lending credibility to this guide, are the personal stories Ms. Mayfield shares of her own childhood when she was bullied. The reader comes away with a toolbox and some comfort that they are not the only ones having these painful experiences.
So many lives have been wasted due to the bullying that has become a growing pandemic in our society. This should be required reading in every high school across the nation. We MUST do something to save the lives of hopeless teens and putting this book into their hands would be a great start.
Author, "Gettin' Out of Bullytown"
The award winning author of "The Box of Daughter: Healing the Authentic Self," "Acting A to Z," "Smart Actors/ Foolish Choices," and "Dysfunctional Families: The Truth Behind the Happy Family Façade" has just released her latest addition to her list of inspiring literary works. Her latest book, "Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What To Do About It" is an intriguing and helpful guide to help those who have been tormented by bullies and those who are bullies themselves.
The subject of bullying is one that is greatly important to the Teen site. It is one that is very significant for me as well. Katherine Mayfield's latest work is a smart and relatable piece of information that educates the reader on how to recognize bullying and just what to do about it when it occurs. The book's encouraging message of combating those who belittle and persecute others simply because they think "they can" is one the reader can share with anyone he meets.
The book begins with a foreword by Director of Education for the Blaze My Trail Youth Program Michelle Baker and a stirring introduction by Katherine Mayfield herself. Along with helpful and encouraging information that will help the reader understand and cope with being bullied, the book has inspiring quotes from many wise historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, St. Catherine of Siena, and even Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Dedicated to those who have committed suicide in response to bullying like Tyler Clementi, Bailey O'Neill, and Amanda Todd, Katherine Mayfield's "Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What To Do About It" offers valuable instructions on how to recognize and seek guidance for various forms of bullying like "verbal abuse," "physical abuse," and even "emotional abuse."
Mayfield's book also offers great solace and encouragement for those who may be lacking in confidence or even self-esteem caused by being tormented by those who feel the need to take out their frustrations on others.
"Bullied" teaches the reader to, not only stay strong, but to seek someone who will help you realize that you are someone special who is destined for a life of happiness and the utmost fulfillment.
With a four step process on how to properly express certain emotions in a healthy and positive way, "Bullied" offers insightful information on how bullies themselves can recognize the source of their frustrations and seek healing in the process so they can discontinue their inappropriate behavior towards others.
There are also interviews with those who have experienced and conquered the effects of bullying, along with links to websites, videos, books, and hotlines that can help cope with distress, anger, and any other emotion you may be feeling.
Essentially, "Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What To Do About It" is another home run for Katherine Mayfield! It's relatable, informative, and highly relevant to the epidemic of bullying that is plaguing the lives of young people today.
I highly recommend this book! Let's support Katherine Mayfield in her effort to express the dangers of bullying and the benefits of emotional intelligence! The future of our young people depends on our willingness and courage. As Michelle Baker eloquently stated in her interview on how to recover from bullying, "And remember, one day, your story, your art, your voice, your life just might be exactly what another person needs in order to choose life" (65).
Dominique L. Jordan is the author of Teen Help and Information: A Guide to Conquering Pre-Adulthood for Teens and Parents. He is also the Editor of the Teen site at BellaOnline.com.