nobullying.com Janet Zinn has a varied private practice because she works with individuals, couples, families and groups on a number of levels. She treats long-term clients who are working on core issues in their lives, who choose to go to deep places that illuminate and transform circumstances and/or situations that are not working for them anymore. This is arduous work that can be painful, and yet fulfilling. Through the years, clients have come in to deal with depression, anxiety, divorce, the stress of being a caregiver, bereavement, eating disorders, relationship problems, and difficult life circumstances. She talks to Ciaran Connolly about Bullying in General.
The interview starts with these questions:
Janet: I am Janet Zinn. I am a psychotherapist who works with adolescences and adults and I work in New York City in Manhattan on the Upper East Side. I see groups but mostly I see individuals and families and one of the biggest issues, particularly with adolescences but also with adults in a different way, is bullying.
Ciaran: And do you think bullying is as a big issue today as it was 10 years ago?
Janet: I think that it is hard to say because there is more of a conversation about bullying now than there had been in the past. I think bullying has been ever present for a long time and I think that the impact that it has has been stronger because one can have a wider audience,
Ciaran: Of course. Do you see a difference in how buying happens today, with technology, the internet, mobile phones, (and) text messages?
Janet: Absolutely, I do because I think it becomes…one can depersonalize bullying and one doesn’t really know the impact that they are having whereas when there was schoolyard bullying, as there so is schoolyard bullying, you really have an audience and you see how people are interacting or what happens not that it is better but it is just that you really don’t know what the impact is or who is reacting in what way and how people were taking information and then reinterpreting it. So, it’d more dangerous in that it is not contained in the same way.
Ciaran: And there is a lot of coverage in the media with bullying and cyber bullying, is this a good thing?
Janet: I think it is a good thing that its making people more conscious that it does exist and people are also touching in to their experience in bullying and there is a bit more outrage about it but I also think that the word bullying, there is a lot of punter going around about using the word so it losses some its impact and then because it loses its impact people, are really championing for people who are being abused.
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