Bullying is all about the bully and not the person being bullied

by Oct 25, 2015

Workplace bullying has become prevalent in today’s highly competitive organizations.  Bullying can come in various forms such as intimidation, verbal abuse or work interference.  People who experience being bullied at work may have asked themselves the age old question of “why me?” and “what have I done to warrant such negative experience at work?”  However, life coach and counselor Jackie McCullough wrote that bullying has nothing to do with the bully victim, it is all about the bully.

In an article at Democrat & Chronicle, McCullough mentioned that the bully will usually keep up with the bullying as long as the person being bullied reacts to it.  It relates to the workplace bully wanting to remain in control of a situation or a person.  This was also what the Workplace Bullying Institute stated as the reasons why bullies behave the way they do.

What McCollough indicated in her article may not be new, however, it helps to bring the focus back to the bully.  McCollough mentions that targets should not react to a bully’s abusive behavior, since most bully attacks are meant to get a desired reaction from the victim.  This is a critical point since understanding the reason behind the bullying behavior is a key step in trying to dealing with bullies at work.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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