The purpose of this presentation is to establish the fact that “understanding the bully” is one of the key factors that can help immensely in prevention of bullying. There are a large number of papers and publications that deal with the research and analysis of bullying prevention techniques and/or programs – focused more on “after the fact” rather than “before the fact”. The purpose of this presentation is to focus on the goal of understanding why bullies do what they do – getting to the root of the problem and promoting a conversation and discussion on what we can do to address the associated issues. This presentation will be based on my book titled “A Life Interrupted – the story of my battle with bullying and obsessive compulsive disorder”. Although my book includes a lot of descriptions and discussions on devastating psychological impact of bullying, it also contains one whole chapter on “confrontation with a bully from the past”. The contents of this specific chapter will be the central theme of my proposed presentation. This very interesting encounter reveals a significant understanding of why bullies do what they do. If we can somehow get to the point of addressing these associated issues, we will make enormous progress in prevention of (and maybe even elimination of) bullying altogether.