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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (November 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482613972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482613971
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Lutgen-Sandvik was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Arizona in 2000 where she earned her Ph.D. in organizational communication at Arizona State University. Prior to her tenure as a university professor, she worked as a social service organization administrator, first in the field of women’s advocacy and then in outpatient substance abuse treatment. She accepted her first professor’s position in 2005 at the University of New Mexico and subsequently moved to North Dakota State (NDSU) in 2013 to join the Department of Communication in Fargo. She continues to research, publish, and teach in the area of organizational communication at NDSU and serves as the Director of the NDSU Communication Research & Training Center. Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik is married, has two children, and lives in Moorhead, MN.

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Written in an easy to read style, this book can help you diagnose and eliminate this immature conduct.
Susan Forster
Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik truly knows her stuff, and I would recommend this to anyone doing research on the subject of adult bullying or just wants and interesting read.
jessbme
Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik does more than make this topic to the non-academic; she also explains her research methods in easily understandable language.
Joseph K. Tschanz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Namie on December 9, 2013
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Dr. Pam is real. From her bio, prior to earning her doctorate in organizational communication at Arizona State, she worked as a social service organization administrator, first in the field of women’s advocacy and then in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Advocacy in the human services field is a rare background for academics. What academics have that advocacy background.
Pam’s practical, kick ‘em in the shins approach to the esoteric world of academic research is revealed in the titles of some of her journal articles — “Nightmares, demons & slaves” (can you hear Cher?), “Take this job and shove …” “Burned by bullying in America.” And her style of collecting research data was to talk with bullied targets. This book is a compilation of her work. It is not written by an egghead. The subtitle refers to her “translating” research into plainspeak. That’s what she is profoundly good at doing well. Thus, it is ultimately readable. The information found between the covers is useful if you are fighting a grievance, filing a complaint, embroiled in a lawsuit, or facing blank stares from HR. The book covers many aspects of the bullying phenomenon with chapters on each — the prevalence, the stages of bullying, explaining the pain, the trauma and stigma of being bullied, how organizations become toxic, why women bully women, behavior of witnesses, and reversing the effects of bullying in individuals’ lives.
Finally, Pam dedicates the book to all those bullied individuals who bravely participated in her research. All proceeds from book sales support scientific research that seeks to reduce workplace bullying, improve workplace communications and build more respectful workplace climates. Where else can so few dollars accomplish all that?

This book gets an unequivocal thumbs-up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Forster on December 29, 2013
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Bullying is a social cancer-it destroys careers, health and lives, relationships, and causes extensive waste and money. It will not stop until we all make it stop. Written in an easy to read style, this book can help you diagnose and eliminate this immature conduct. I have created a program to stop bullying and to increase a positive working environment and found this book invaluable to provide a comprehensive understanding and set of potential solutions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. Arsht on December 14, 2013
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If you have questions about adult bullying; what it is, why it happens, suggestions for addressing the problem or even how it might be preempted, the answers are here. I felt as if the author, Pam Lutgen-Sandvik, was having a conversation with me, anticipating and then answering my questions about the concepts in each chapter, such as what constitutes bullying, the prevalence of bullying in the U.S., resistance to bullying, and why women bully women.

This book engages a variety of readers, whether a practitioner, a target, an ally, someone who is trying to understand the complicated aspects of adult bullying from an organizational perspective or even someone trying to change themselves. This book is not an academic book, although it could be used in the classroom setting. It is written for a general audience and it reads for a general audience. In fact, it is extremely readable without being too simplistic. I believe that people who read this book will agree with me that Lutgen-Sandvik contributes to making the workplace more humane, a stated goal of her research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jessbme on November 18, 2013
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This was a superb read and what I loved about the book is that it is easy to understand. Dr. Lutgen-Sandvik truly knows her stuff, and I would recommend this to anyone doing research on the subject of adult bullying or just wants and interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina Mancuso on June 19, 2014
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I discovered this book searching for information on the topic. As a target, as the author describes, this book validates my experience and stands to validate so many others who suffer from abusive employment relationships. I will be forever grateful the author spent so much time to validate what so many know to be true, and hope employers will take note to clean up their acts.
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