Gail, Thank you for keeping us current on what is happening regarding mobbing and bullying. I agree that people often do not consider, realize, or care about the moral injury that they are creating against others with their words and/or actions. Ours is a society that is focused on people’s personal self-interests, and people always believing they are right and correct. Few people are willing to place themselves in another’s shoes, and have concern and compassion, as I was taught. And, too many workplace and/or organizational leaders are the bullies – they create an atmosphere that is conducive to their own bullying of others. All too often – because there are no laws against it in our country as there are around Europe – the bullying continues in a vicious cycle. In fact, I often find that it is the bullies who may get more promotions or more perks or more rewards…because they put on a great face, know how to be dishonest, and typically blame others rather than themselves. This is how our society has become all too much. Thanks, again, for sharing your article and perspectives!

Mobbing and Bullying

©2012 Gail Pursell Elliott

* Bullying Column from the Workplace Violence Prevention E-Report December 2012 issue.

A recent study showed that about 35 percent of students who are bullied experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.  This study echoes the findings of workplace mobbing research done by Dr. Heinz Leymann in the early  1980’s and has been validated many times by targeted individuals with whom I have worked. If we understand that bullying and mobbing attack the spiritual, psychological and emotional health of the individual as well as the physical, we also must consider that the damage done in an organization by this behavior goes beyond those directly involved.  

Many of us are familiar with the PTSD terminology which became more widely understood in the post Vietnam era and its current impact on returning soldiers, although the syndrome itself is nothing new and is not restricted to the military.  There…

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