In verbal bullying the main weapon the bully uses is their voice.
In many cases, verbal bullying is common in both genders, but girls are more likely to perform it.
Psychologist Roy Baumeister asserts that people who are prone to abusive behavior tend to have inflated but fragile egos.
Trolling behavior on social media, although generally assumed to be individual in nature by the casual reader, is sometime organized efforts by sponsored astroturfers.Mobbing refers to the bullying of an individual by a group, in any context, such as a family, peer group, school, workplace, neighborhood, community, or online.When it occurs as emotional abuse in the workplace, such as "ganging up" by co-workers, subordinates or superiors, to force someone out of the workplace through rumor, innuendo, intimidation, humiliation, discrediting, and isolation, it is also referred to as malicious, nonsexual, nonracial / racial, general harassment.The word "bully" was first used in the 1530s meaning "sweetheart", applied to either sex, from the Dutch boel "lover, brother", probably diminutive of Middle High German buole "brother", of uncertain origin (compare with the German buhle "lover").
The meaning deteriorated through the 17th century through "fine fellow", "blusterer", to "harasser of the weak".
Bullying is the use of force, coercion, or threat, to abuse, aggressively dominate or intimidate. One essential prerequisite is the perception (by the bully or by others) of an imbalance of physical or social power.