If you find yourself avoiding situations, places or activities, anxiety and worry may be the cause.
In the story, Brockwell has two fears, One is his bully, Colden, who picks on him constantly. And the second is the juvenile and adult dragons that Brockwell is expected to feed.
Brockwell found it very hard to face his fears. He would experience worry, panic attacks and avoid the situations which triggered them.
The solution to fear, is facing what makes you anxious. Brockwell faced Colden and the dragons, and found that he was able to deal with them both.
Brockwell felt he could only deal with them because of the dragon's tooth he was given by Mrs Gulbrand. Did this tooth really have power or did it give Brockwell the inner belief that he could stand up to his adversities?
Here are five tips for facing fears:
1. When you are trying something new, or something that you have been worried about, it is normal to feel panicky - don't let this stop you.
2. Taking deep breaths can help calm you when you are feeling anxious.
3. Try not to leave a situation because you are anxious, instead leave when your anxiety has begun to fade away.
4. Set yourself some goals, and reward yourself every time you reach your goal.
5. Have family and friends support you.
Can you be like Brockwell and face your fears?
Bullying is the purposeful attempt at controlling another person. There are many ways this can happen. For example, verbal abuse such as tone of voice or teasing, threats and name calling; physical bullying; and exclusion. Bullying is usually not considered a once-off occurrence, but involves multiple instances.
In Brockwell the Brave, the village bully, Colden has it in for Brockwell. He teases Brockwell by calling him, 'It's Brocky Ness who wears a dress'. Colden also physically hurts him. We see this in the markets. Brockwell is scared of Colden and Colden knows it. This fear means that Brockwell is under Colden's control which encourages Colden to keep on being mean. We find out at the end that Colden is hurting and being a bully is making him feel better about himself. This is a common scenario.
So why does bullying happen?
There are a variety of reasons:
- Cultural causes - a culture that likes power, winner and violence
- Institutional causes - if a home, school or workplace allows bullying
- Social Issues - when being a bully gets more attention from others than being well behaved
- Family Issues - where children are not loved or suffer abuse or neglect
- The Bully's Personal History - children who have experienced rejection are more likely to bully
- Having Power - people with power may use it in the wrong way
- Provocative victims - people who are annoying or aggressive may be bullied
Bullies can change while others remain the same for their entire lives. In the story, Colden does change, when Brockwell identifies what is causing Colden to pick on him. In the end of the story they become friends.