Low empathy linked to bully behaviour 

Does the sight of someone in pain or distress do little to move you? If so, you may share something in common with a bully.

Research into what makes a bully tick shows many have low levels of empathy and can be described as “morally disengaged”.

There was no set profile for a bully, said Dr Jaimee Stuart of the Victoria University school of psychology, but there were “some really common characteristics” which could usually be identified by how a child interacted with other children.

“Particularly if there’s a lack of empathy and a lack of care for other people’s feelings, those are quite key indicators.” ‘


By Patrice Dougan