Mobbing {A Survivors Take}

downloadThis article is about mobbing in relation to human bullying behaviour, for mobbing as an antipredatory animal behaviour. Mobbing in the context of human beings means bullying of an individual by a group in any context, such as a family, friends, peers, school, workplace, neighborhood, community, or online grouped together I referr to as mobbing.

  1. I myself was a forced victim of all the aforementioned types (mobbing), with the worst type being financial bullying, the ring leaders {credit bureaus} this type of bullying occurs when one is left holding the bag of a substantial debt load, the results of an unjust dismissal, it spreads like a wild fire throughout society.
  2. {T.K}

  3. In my case due to the lack of evidence to discredit me during a court battle, the perpetrators had to fabricate derogatory information that suited their needs which was branding me a thief, once branded there’s not a living soul who will stand with you or help, not to mention a larger scale of mobbing, you are left to your own devices.
  4. {T.K}

When it occurs as emotional abuse in the workplace, such as “ganging up” by co-workers, subordinates or superiors, to force someone out of the workplace through rumor, innuendo, intimidation, humiliation, discrediting, and isolation, it is also referred to as malicious, nonsexual, nonracial, general harassment.

In the workplace

UK anti-bully pioneers Andrea Adams and Tim Field used the expression workplace bullying instead of what Leymann called “mobbing” in a workplace context.

In the book MOBBING: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace, the authors identify mobbing as a particular type of bullying that is not as apparent as most, defining it as “…an emotional assault. It begins when an individual becomes the target of disrespectful and harmful behavior. Through innuendo, rumors, and public discrediting, a hostile environment is created in which one individual gathers others to willingly, or unwillingly, participate in continuous malevolent actions to force a person out of the workplace.”

The authors say that mobbing is typically found in work environments that have poorly organised production and/or working methods and incapable or inattentive management and that mobbing victims are usually “exceptional individuals who demonstrated intelligence, competence, creativity, integrity, accomplishment and dedication”.

According to the authors of Workplace Mobbing: Expulsion, Exclusion, and Transformation, workplace “mobbing” is not generally a familiar term—it is not well-understood in some English speaking countries. Some researchers claim that mobbing is simply another name for bullying. Workplace mobbing can be considered as a “virus” or a “cancer” that spreads throughout the workplace via gossip, rumour and unfounded accusations. It is a deliberate attempt to force a person out of their workplace by humiliation, general harassment, emotional abuse and/or terror. Mobbing can be described as being “ganged up on.” Mobbing is executed by a leader (who can be a manager, a co-worker, or a subordinate). The leader then rallies others into a systematic and frequent “mob-like” behaviour toward the victim.

Psychological and health effects

Victims of workplace mobbing frequently suffer from: adjustment disorders, somatic symptoms (e.g., headaches or irritable bowel syndrome), psychological trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression.

In mobbing targets with PTSD, Leymann notes that the “mental effects were fully comparable with PTSD from war or prison camp experiences. Some patients may develop alcoholism or other substance abuse disorders. Family relationships routinely suffer. Some targets may even develop brief psychotic episodes, generally with paranoid symptoms. Leymann estimated that 15% of suicides in Sweden could be directly attributed to workplace mobbing.

Tim Field died from cancer on 15 January 2006 aged 53. In 2010, the Tim Field Foundation with an associated website was set up to further Tim Field’s cause against bullying.

The information contained within this article is not my words (unless otherwise noted) but from the perspective of a survivor of workplace mobbing I would certainly endorse it. (T.K)

worldjpgIn closing: When society throws a fastball, your very own survival depends only on your strenght and courage, you have to to be strong and take a stand, I cannot stress enough how important it is to record, record, and record all incidents even if you are not sure of what is happening because one day it may be all that will save you. (T.K)

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  1. To answer that question, YES I did send all relevant evidence (all posted here) of the injustice I was being subjected to but nobody responded, and those that did just laughed, not even the Government and it’s agencies, well not in my favor anyhow, which is why I believe who the perpetrators really are, or should I say the one that gave the order!!.

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