Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Playing games is ok as long as no one gets hurt... right?

We all learn how to play mind games whether we consciously want to learn them or not. We either play them with other people or have them played on us. High school is the training ground for this and will set up how we see these games in the future.
For those that play the games, it’s a rush of power, knowing that you can manipulate others so easily.
For those that have to play the victim, it’s a whole lot harder. As soon as the trap is sprung, they know that they have been caught doing something completely out of character.
In high school, students use mind games against each other all the time to manipulate their friends and enemies. Mostly it is females that use this tactic to subtle bully each other as it is harder to trace or prove that it happened. Instead, the only remaining lasting effects are left on the victims who, if they know that they have been manipulated, feel guilty and refuse to talk about what has happened. Those who are oblivious to the games being played on them usually find themselves repetitively falling prey to mind games in the future whenever the alpha female needs to feel powerful again.
Unfortunately mind games are a part of the high school experience and things aren’t changing. Technology allows these games to go cyber, with Facebook and MySpace at the forefront of controversy when it comes to cyber bullying. These games of psychological torture will not come to an end unless the people are responsible are made aware of the effects of their actions and punished accordingly. That way they know the true cost of manipulation of another’s life for the fun of it.

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