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Some children may bully for control, power, or for their own safety (Salmivalli & Peets, 2009; Thornberg & Knutsen, 2011).
Once targeted, the bullied will endure emotional and physical abuse by the bully for no logical reason other than the bully finds sadistic pleasure in it.
Kids bully for a wide array of reasons that generally have little to do with the victim.
Bystanders may be afraid to stand up to the bully for fear that the bully might turn on them as well.
There are leader bullies, who are quite Machiavellian and bully for status and to lead a gang, and follower bullies who are the leader's henchmen and bully because they don't know another way to interact with people.
Curiously, having a bully for a boss does not lower productivity.