Hmmm…is there a recovery after being bullied at the workplace. This article raises some good points. What are your thoughts? Everyone is different an selects different ways of managing and overcoming the “collateral damage”. When is our government going to step in and allow a law in place.
UK psychologist Aryanne Oade works with both workplace bullies and targets of workplace bullying and says in her “Recovery From Workplace Bullying” article that workplace bullying involves:
- The bully taking away power from the target by limiting her behavioral choices and disregarding her boundaries.
- The bully giving that power to herself.
This power dynamic sets the tone for their relationship and involves compliance on the part of the target, who is left feeling less than human and powerless. Eventually, the once high performing target’s wellbeing, performance, and reputation greatly suffer.
The target’s biggest challenge: to save her self-confidence
Targets struggle to remain objective about themselves both during and after bullying.
Some lose sight of who they are, what qualities they possess, what skills they have developed, and what they are good at doing. [They begin to believe that] they are useless or ineffective or won’t be happy again or won’t feel safe in…
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