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As much as I hate to recommend self-defense and a change on the part of employees to combat bullying, in a toxic environment the ability to defend oneself may be essential to corporate survival. A stance which is not combative, but rather that rises to the occasion. When faced with a verbal attack or unleashes a torrent of negativity, individuals typically feel caught off-guard. What we need in the face of a bully is a verbal shield, a repertoire of behavior that serves to protect you from assault. Turn the page…

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 “Make sure your words are sweet; you may have to eat them.” 

Why do people bully? What motivates individuals to treat other people in a manner which erodes their dignity, deflates their self-confidence, and belittles their self-esteem? Why do some people feel comfortable behaving in a heavy handed, authoritative, and punitive fashion?  Discovery News provides one possible explanation: 

‘“The simple reason is it shows that they have power over others,” agreed Marlene Snyder, Development Director for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States, based in Clemson, S.C. “The reason that they do it repeatedly is that they are getting away with it. Nobody is calling them on their bad behavior. When they aren’t called on it they think, ‘Well, it must be O.K.'” Turn the page…

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