“Vulture Culture” is everywhere in our society – but bystanders have power to curb its force
One doesn’t have to look far to see that a culture of bullying is all around us. On a recent broadcast of JustLove, Psychologist Dr. Susan Lipkins spoke with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan about something she calls “Vulture Culture” – which poisons our perceptions and our behaviors, everywhere from the school yard, to the workplace, to social media, to reality TV.
Dr. Lipkins suggested that the demeaning and degrading actions of judges on reality TV are the most prominent perpetrators of public bullying, noting that “We’re involved in a culture that has a mentality of winners and losers.”
“We’ve become a far less civil society,” she said. “We seem to reward the lack of civility in so many different ways.”
Listen to our full interview with Dr. Lipkins below:
How do we fight the dangerous cycles of bullying and hazing? Dr. Lipkins offers Catholic Charities an outline of the warning signs of hazing and the ways to halt cruel and destructive behaviors:
1. The leaders of the group are very aggressive and intimidating.
2. You have heard rumors from your peers about activities that are hazardous.
3. Your gut is churning and you sense danger.
4. You have been warned by authorities that the group has a reputation for being extreme.
5. You don't want to acknowledge it, but you have witnessed some events which are dangerous or are inconsistent with your own morals and values.
6. You feel stuck. You are already involved and do not know how to get out of the group or process.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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