Quote from Orca
I'm a bit confused. Bullying involves some kind of coercion, through verbal threats or physical intimidation. Coworkers who are unpleasant and question your judgment are not great to work with, but this isn't bullying.
I was verbally and physically bullied when I was a kid. With social media, it has evolved. In the younger generation, I've run across many who have lost sensitivity to real-life social cues and don't even have basic respect for those they should have respect for (elders, parents, teachers, authority figures, other people in general). Likewise, sensitivity to this lack of respect has also gotten touchier. Not to mention, they are emboldened by not having to deal with an actual physical reaction (we know how much of communication is non-verbal). THIS aspect I have seen carry over into even the "older" generations that should know better. People who would never have said the kind of things they do on social media in person, are carrying it over into the "real world".
All that said, when people go out of their way to step on your actions or judgement simply because they can or think you won't do anything about it--that's a lighter form of bullying. No, not to the extent that most would call it, but, someone using some aspect of their position, size, or personality to deliberately make someone else feel uncomfortable, IS being a bully.
I look younger than I am. Typically when asked, people think I'm around 30 or so, when in fact, I'm almost 43 and am already retired from the military. I've had a few jobs where people thought they were gonna screw with the new guy. Now, I expect that to a certain extent. I've even done it to others--its a right of passage. But, trying to intimidate me just because you get some jollies from it--NOT HAVING IT.
I think the best thing to do is have a conversation with the person causing you a problem. Be open, but, polite and respectful--make it clear that you are serious about just wanting to get to the root of the problem. "Do you have a problem with me?" "Have I done something to upset you?" Give examples of why you feel that way. BE RESPECTFUL and look them in the eye.
These are completely reasonable questions. If the individual(s) you are talking about are actually participating in some kind of 'pushing you around' just because they can, there's a good chance they'll be taken aback by your boldness and it might just stop for your asking. On the other hand, be prepared to eat some crow. Someone might just be trying to see what you're made of--assessing you. If that's what they're doing, you might get a little crap for your confrontation. If this happens, you'd better make sure that they understand that you were just making sure because you couldn't decipher what was going on and take ownership--you just didn't want to be causing a problem.
The point is, gather up your courage and just talk to them. Hope you get it figured out...