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Compliments of Bullying UK Charity via Flickr

Bullies “dominate [their targets] into submission.” Ted Leonhardt describes abusive putdowns as a means of control; a “one-upmanship” that made his father feel superior in the moment. Dictatorship arises at work when people use brute force to achieve results and then proceed as if nothing has happened. Building rapport takes time, and so does listening to understand—especially when you might have been the person at fault. Turn the page…

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Compliments of D-Downer via Flickr

Bullies create a back channel to the abyss – an aperture to a dormant resting state of terror, obsession, paranoia, and fear – a sidelines quicksand waiting to devour our sanity. In What Dreams May Come, Matheson states that each of us has access to dark thought. Some of us consciously choose misery (and in so doing) inflict targets with a self-blaming form of affliction.  Turn the page…

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