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Bullyproof Yourself at Work!: Personal Strategies to Recognize and Stop the Hurt from Harassment (The Work Doctor Bullying Series) Paperback – May 1, 1999


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  • Series: The Work Doctor Bullying Series
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Work Doctor (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966862953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966862959
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ruth Namie has been a psychotherapist since 1986 with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She maintains a private practice & facilitates groups for working women in addition to her role as Support Services Coordinator of the Campaign. She was a corporate Training Director in a prior life.

Gary Namie is a social-organizational psychologist. He brings experience as a manager, project & management consultant, management professor, steelworker, driving instructor & pizza man. He taught at 12 universities, including the University of Southern California. His consulting ventures, since 1985, ranged from quality to aircraft cockpit redesign. He has delivered over 500 presentations on every imaginable workplace topic. Ruth & Gary have been married 16 years.


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Dr. Gary Namie, social psychologist, is widely regarded as North America's foremost authority on Workplace Bullying. He directs the Workplace Bullying Institute that produced the most-cited scientific survey; co-authored 3 books with Dr. Ruth Namie -- The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels & Snakes from Killing Your Organization (Wiley, 2011); The Bully At Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job (Sourcebooks, 2009, 2nd ed.);and BullyProof Yourself At Work (DoubleDoc, 1999); he directs the national Healthy Workplace Bill legislative campaign; is member of the Board, International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment; and has appeared in over 950 media interviews as evangelist for the U.S. movement.

He's a "Recovering Academic," having taught at several universities and colleges in psychology and management. He grows more practical one day at a time. He's a "Reformed Management Consulting." After both inhouse and outhouse consultant work pushing management's agenda, he developed a distaste for unethically shoving unnecessary training and useless information down the gullets of non-supervisory staff.

Now the only consulting he does is as President of Work Doctor specializing in the prevention and correction of workplace bullying, aka, abusive work environments created by on-site abusers.

His speeches have been deemed "electric" by conference and event hosts. He challenges audiences to grow intolerant of bullying as a routine way of doing business. This threatens bullies, who in turn, like to call Dr. Namie a bully.

However, since launching the anti-bullying movement for the U.S. workplace in mid-1997, his perspective and knowledge are unrivaled.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of two excellent new books dedicated to the memory of Heinz Leymann, a Swedish psychologist who died in January 1999, after having spearheaded the greatest advance of the past twenty years in the study of work. The other book, also available from amazon, is entitled Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace, by Noa Davenport, Ruth Distler Schwartz, and Gail Pursell Elliott. The books are alike in honoring Leymann's memory in the best possible way: by extending his research and presenting the results in a way that will be of enormous practical benefit to both employers and employees. Leymann's breakthrough was against the background of current preoccupations on sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, and the other officially recognized bases of unfair treatment in the workplace. Some argue now for expanding the list of shibboleths to include employees' criminal records and political beliefs as illegal grounds on which to exclude or punish them. Leymann managed to get beyond this current way of thinking, with its fixation on grounds of ill-treatment, and to focus instead on the fact of ill-treatment, whatever the apparent ground. The phenomenon he conceptualized and studied was the humiliation and destruction of an employee by the employer. He called this process mobbing or bullying: intense aggression against an individual by managers or co-workers, aimed at crushing the individual utterly and eliminating him or her from the group. Leymann's conceptualization, which Bullyproof powerfully brings home to American readers, shifts attention from real or imagined reasons for cruelty to cruelty itself.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By reader on February 21, 2001
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This book provided the one thing I found missing in all the similar books I have read: a valid theoretical explanation of why bullying occurs -- the characteristics and dynamics of both the targets and the bullies. Essentially, bullies and targets (victims of bullies) come in all varieties, except that targets have one quality in common: they foster collaboration. Bullies, in turn, also have one trait in common: they are hierarchial. This leads to the inevitable crash when the bully percieves that the target is "giving away" the very things that the bully wishes to "sell". The driving force behind bulling is the need to control other people. The vulnerability of targets lies in their incomprehension of why anyone would want to control others when they could instead cooperate with them. These mental models are fundamentally incompatible. In addition, bullies are comfortable using aggression to gain control while cooperators are not. Bullies want to crush targets, targets want to "get along" with bullies. This really excellent book explains the basis for the mental models, the dynamics of the interaction between bullies and targets, and offers targets strategies for survival.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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This book accomplishes what many of us have tried to do for most of our working lives: articulate why work so often causes suffering and reduces productivity. Usually, we know someone is bothering us at work, but we have troublre articulating exactly what it is. This is especially so when the problem is the boss, and when we seem to feel that the boss has the right to bully us. In this book, bullies will recognize themselves and will learn for the first time what behaviors they should quit imposing on others. Targets and victims of bullies will find out what to do to protect themselves. Ruth and Gary Naimie have taken the giant and original first step of identifying this national problem, analyzing it, and telling us how to cope with and ultimately solve this hurtful and wasteful problem.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Kohlman on January 29, 2000
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This book helped to "fill in the holes" for me. I am a manager who has witnessed innumerable incidents aptly described in this book. There are no "official" guidelines or information available from my employer for addressing this phenomenon...if it doesn't fall within the classical "legal" definition of harassment...many of my peers either ignore the behavior, engage in the behavior or collude with the "system" to perpetuate it. This book and another great book, "Work Abuse: How To Recognize and Survive It" by Judith Wyatt and Chauncey Hare have been invaluable aids in helping me to identify and implement actions that have strengthened my management skills, by encouraging change and authentic healing.
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