How positive thinking can reinforce bullying

Bidragets oversatte titel: Hvordan positiv tænkning kan forstærke mobbemønstre

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The paper is focusing on a case of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) conversations used in a 3th grade, where a well-meaning consultant tries to combat ongoing bullying. The analysis take a close look at a “circle game” where the children have to give each other compliments and criticism (the criticism is translated and delivered as "presents"). The analysis of the case shows how the method is appropriated by the children to continue the bullying, but in ways that are adjusted to the dominant principles - from AI – that the circle-game is led by. The paper proposes that the AI conversations, rather than reducing bullying patterns, seem to potentially strengthen them. One of the important insights is thus that group conversations contain the potential to serve as a paradoxical force which exacerbates instead of improves the social conditions of the children involved.

In order to avoid doing more harm through the use of wellmeaning methods, we need to strengthen our analytical gaze on the more hidden micropolitics and negotiations taking place among the children during group meetings that are meant to reduce or stop bullying.
Bidragets oversatte titelHvordan positiv tænkning kan forstærke mobbemønstre
Publikationsdato3 nov. 2021
StatusUdgivet - 3 nov. 2021
BegivenhedWABF 2021: World Anti Bullying Forum 2021 - Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center, Stockholm, Sverige
Varighed: 1 nov. 20213 nov. 2021


KonferenceWABF 2021
LokationStockholm Waterfront Congress Center


  • mobning
  • Skoler, fag og institutioner
  • Læring, pædagogik og undervisning
  • udsatte børn