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Where was "Bully Police USA" when I needed them? My self-defense training growing up was limited to my father coaching me to "hit back" or crush hypothetical scenarios with some zinger (outside of the I=rubber; you=glue genus). Well, at the Bully Police USA headquarters, you can check if your state has anti-bullying laws (32 states do). Among those 32, the only state that received an "A++" was Delaware. If you were bullied in Delaware, you probably won't be anymore...The site also claims that:

  • 90% of students felt being bullied caused social, emotional, or academic problems. (Studies show, both bullies & victims have problems later in life because of bullying.
  • 69% of students believe schools respond poorly to reports of bullying.
  • Three out of four students report that they have been bullied.
  • Each month over 250,000 students report being physically attacked.
  • The five worst states for bullying, according to surveys, are: (46) Connecticut, (47) Maine, (48) Washington, (49) Montana & (50) New Hampshire.

And then there's the Workplace Bullying Institute, advocating ways to "help you get on track to end your misery." The site includes a link to a "U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey," whose results claim that "72% of bullies are bosses; 55% of those bullied are rank-and-file workers." Well, since we've recently discussed tyrannical bosses, what do you think: are bosses more likely to be bullies? And if you've encountered workplace bullying, have you had underwhelming experiences seeking help from HR?

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From the characters in Fight Club to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, popular culture is filled with "split" personalities. These dramatic figures might be entertaining, but they're rarely (if ever) scientifically accurate, SciShow Psych's Hank Green explains in the channel's latest video. Most representations contribute to a collective misunderstanding of dissociative identity disorder, or DID, which was once known as multiple personality disorder.

Experts often disagree about DID's diagnostic criteria, what causes it, and in some cases, whether it exists at all. Many, however, agree that people with DID don't have multiple figures living inside their heads, all clamoring to take over their body at a moment's notice. Those with DID do have fragmented personalities, which can cause lapses of memory, psychological distress, and impaired daily function, among other side effects.

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