There is a lot of information about bullying that you can Google. There are also videos and TED talks that can help you understand and cope. Here are some.

The ‘Social Brain’: Matthew Lieberman – TED talk and Webinar Recording

Matthew explains the importance of social connections that can make us smarter, happier and more productive. He explains that social pain and pleasure have as much impact on us as physical pain and pleasure and that social needs are more important than our physical needs for food and shelter.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

This short video explains what PTSD is, its symptoms, potential causes and treatment options. PTSD can develop after work place or school bullying.

TED Talks about Bullying and Corporate Psychopaths at Work

Professor Clive Boddy puts another perspective on the issue.

Daniel Goleman: Why aren’t we more compassionate?

Body language with Amy Cuddy



  • Adams, A. (1992) Bullying at Work: How to Confront and Overcome It. London: Virago.
  • Babiak, P., & Hare, R.D. (2006) Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work. New York: Collins.
  • Clarke, J. (2005) Working with monsters. Australia: Random House.
  • Crawshaw, L. (2007) Taming The Abrasive Manager: How To End Unnecessary Roughness In The Workplace. Jossey-Bass Management Series.
  • Davenport, N., Schwartz, R.D., & Elliott, G.P. (1999) Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. Ames, Iowa: Civil Society Publishing.
  • Einarsen, S., Hoel, H.Z.D., & Cooper, G.L. (2003) Bullying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace. London and New York: Taylor and Francis.
  • Einarsen, S., Hoel, H.Zapf.D., & Cooper, G.L ( 2011) Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace, Second Edition. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, London, New York, Boca Raton.
  • Felder, L. (1993) Does Someone at Work treat you Badly? New York: Berkley Books.
  • Field, Evelyn M., (2007) Bully Blocking, Finch. Lane Cove, Australia.
  • Field, Evelyn M. (2010) Bully Blocking at Work, AustralianAcademicPress, Queensland.
  • Field, Evelyn M. (2011) Six Strategies for Surviving Bullying at Work, Australian Academic Press, Queensland.
  • Field.Tim, (1996) Bully in sight.UK: Success Unlimited.
  • Fineberg, L.S. (1996) Teasing Innocent fun or sadistic malice? New Jersey: New Horizon Press.
  • Futterman, S. (2004) When you work for a bully, assessing your options and taking action. NJ: Croce Publishing Group.
  • Graves, D. (2002). Fighting back, United Kingdom: McGraw Hill Professional.
  • Hare, R.D. (1999). Without Conscience, The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us. USA: Guilford Press.
  • Herman, J.M.D. (1997). Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. Basic Books.
  • Hockley, C. (2002). Silent hell: workplace violence & bullying. Norwood, South Australia: Peacock Publishers.
  • Horn, S. (2002). Take the bully by the horns. New York: St Martin’s Press.
  • Hornstein, H. (1996). Brutal bosses and their prey. New York: Riverhead books.
  • Janoff-Bulman, R. (1992). Shattered Assumptions: Towards a New Psychology of Trauma. New York: Free Press.
  • Marais, S. & Herman, M. (1997). Corporate Hyenas at Work. Pretoria: Kagiso Publishers.
  • Mathieson, S., Burns, J., & Hansen, M. (1998). Safe and sound. New Zealand: Top Drawer Consultants.
  • Namie, G., & Ruth. (updated version 2009) (2000). The Bully at Work. USA: Source Books.
  • Olsen, H. (2005). Workplace bullying and Harassment. CCH New Zealand Ltd.
  • Randall, P. (1997). Adult bullying: perpetrators and victims. London: Routledge.
  • Richards, H. & Freeman, S. (2002). Bullying in the workplace: an occupational hazard. Pymble, NSW: Harper Collins.
  • Solomon, M. (1990). Working with difficult people. USA: Prentice Hall.
  • Sutton, R. (2007). The No Asshole Rule, Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t. NY: Warner Business Plus, Hachette books.
  • Tehrani, N. (2001). Building a culture of respect. London & NY: Taylor Francis.
  • Wyatt, J., & Hare, C. (1997). Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It. Rochester, VT: Schenkman Books.

Valuable papers

  • Herriot, Peter., Zapf, Dieter., & Leymann, Heinz. (1996). Mobbing and victimization at work. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 5(2) 161-164.
  • Branch, Sara. (2006). Upwards Bullying: Implications for How Managers and Organisations Approach Workplace Bullying in the Future. Conference, School of Management, Griffith’s University. Queensland.
  • Ferris, Pat. (2004). A preliminary typology of organisational response to allegations of workplace bullying: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Department of Industrial Organisational Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada; British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Vol. 32, No. 3.
  • Lennane, Jean. (1995). The canary down the mine: what whistleblowers’ health tells us about their environment. Paper presented at Whistleblowers: protecting the nation’s conscience? Conference, Department of Criminology, Melbourne University.
  • Eisenberger, Naomi. I., & Lieberma, Matthew. D. (2004). Why It Hurts to Be Left Out: The Neurocognitive Overlap Between Physical and Social Pain, Department of Psychology, University of California, California, USA.
  • Eisenberger, Naomi. I., & Lieberman, Matthew D, Williams, Kipling. D. (2003). Does Rejection Hurt? An MRI Study of Social Exclusion, Science, Vol. 302. No. 5643.
  • Laura R. Strouda, Peter Saloveyb & Elissa S. Epel. (2002) Biological Psychiatry Vol. 52, Issue 4, 15.8.
  • Lutgen-Sandvik, Pamela, (2008). Intensive Remedial Identity Work: Responses to Workplace Bullying Trauma and Stigmatization, University of New Mexico, USA Volume 15(1): 97–119, Copyright © 2008 SAGE.
  • Ebert, Angela., & Dyck, Murray. J. (2004).‘ The experience of mental death: the core feature of complex posttraumatic stress disorder’ School of Psychology, Curtin University, Western Australia. Clinical Psychology Review.
  • Kudielka, Brigitte M., & Kern, Simone. (2004). Letter to the Editor / Journal of Psychosomatic Research 56. ‘In sum, our pilot study provides tentative evidence for a possibly altered circadian cortisol cycle in subjects who have experienced mobbing at the workplace’.
  • Hazler, Richard J., & Janson, Gregory. R. (2004). Trauma Reactions of Bystanders and Victims to Repetitive Abuse Experiences, Ohio University, in the journal Violence and Victims. ‘Overall increases in physiological reactivity for victim and bystander experiences pointed to elevated emotional arousal when participants recalled past episodes of repetitive abuse.’
  • Janoff-Bulman, R. (1992). Shattered Assumptions: Towards a New Psychology of Trauma. NY: Free Press. Refer chapter 9.
  • Hershcovis, Sandy. M., & Barling, Julian. (2008). Comparing the outcomes of sexual harassment and workplace aggression: A meta-analysis. 7th Conference on Work, Stress and Health. USA.
  • Hoel, Helge., Sparks, Kate., & Cooper, Cary, l. The cost of violence/stress at work and the benefits of a violence/stress-free working environment, International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva.
  • Hirigoyen, Marie-France & Bonafons. (2004). Claire, French law concerning moral harassment in the workplace: what are the prospects? Fourth International Conference on Bullying And Harassment in the Workplace, Norway.
  • Hunter, M. (2007). PTSD: Treatment and the brain, Toronto.
  • Janoff-Bulman, R. (1985). The aftermath of victimization: Rebuilding shattered assumptions. In C.R. Figley (ed.). Trauma and its wake: The study and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (pp. 15-35). New York: Brunner/Mazel Inc.
  • Tracy, S. J., Alberts, J. K., & Rivera, K. D. (In Press, 2009). How to bust the office bully: Eight tactics for explaining workplace abuse to decision-makers. In A. Varma (Ed.)Understanding and Addressing Workplace Bullying. Andhra Pradesh, India: ICFAI University Press.
  • Leymann, Heinz., & Gustafsson, Annelie. (1996). Mobbing at work and the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
  • Herman, Judith Lewis. (1992). Complex PTSD: A syndrome in survivors of prolonged and repeated trauma, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Springer Netherlands, Volume 5, Number 3.
  • Hansen, Ase Marie, et al. (2006). Bullying at work, health outcomes, and physiological stress response. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 60, 63– 72.
  • Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A.C., Baur, J., Abraham, M., & Barne, D.J. (2008). The stressor Criterion-A1 and PTSD: a matter of opinion? Journal of Anxiety Disorders. (2009) Jan; 23(1). University of Adelaide, Australia.
  • Ebert, Angela., & Dyck, Murray. J. (2004). The experience of mental death: The core feature of complex posttraumatic stress disorder. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia Clinical Psychology Review 24.
  • Tehrani, Noreen. (2004). Bullying: a source of chronic post-traumatic stress? British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Vol. 32, No. 3, August.
  • Meewisse, Marie-Louise., Reitsma, Johannes. B., De Vries, Giel-Jan., Gersons, Berthold P.R., & Olff, Miranda. (2007). Cortisol And Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Adults, Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis, British Journal Of Psychiatry.
  • Richards, J., & Daley, H. (2003). Bullying policy: Development, implementation and monitoring. In S. Einarsen, H. Hoel, D. Zapf & C. Cooper (Eds.), Bullying and emotional abuse in the workplace: International perspectives in research and practice. London: Taylor and Francis.

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