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Bully in sight
How to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying
Overcoming the silence and denial by which abuse thrives
Tim Field

Foreword by Diana Lamplugh OBE
ISBN 0952912104
Paperback, 16 chapters, 384 pages, resources, index

"Thank you for writing Bully in sight ... it's like a torch in the darkness." (survivor)

"Poor management is a major cause of stress."
Dr Peter Graham, Head of Health Directorate, UK Health & Safety Executive, 24 September 1998

The work of Sapolsky et al has shown that chronic stress can lead to prolonged activation of the stress response resulting in permanently raised glucocorticoid levels which may cause damage to the hippocampus, an area of the brain linked to learning and memory. The regulatory and control mechanism of the stress response may itself be damaged.

Stress is not the employee's inability to cope with excessive demands, but a consequence of the employer's failure to provide a safe system of work as required by the UK Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Blaming the sufferer of stress for suffering stress is an admission of failure to fulfil this obligation of duty of care. There's only one way of dealing with stress - that's to identify the cause of stress and then work to reduce or eliminate that cause. Bully in sight identifies bullying as the main - but least recognised - cause of stress, and gives you the insight and confidence to tackle the causes.

Times Educational Supplement said
"Will be eagerly read by those waiting for an update [to Andrea Adams' book]"

Nursing Times said
"Powerful, compassionate, practical"

"Your book has totally validated my bullying experience and with the turning of each page I became more enlightened."
(Survivor of bullying)

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For those being bullied, Bully in sight...

For those tackling bullying, Bully in sight...

"After a long meeting at which I portrayed my boss's behaviour for what it was - that of a bully - and described how I now felt, he then suggested that I was perhaps `mentally ill'. Unfortunately I didn't have the wit or insight at the time to make it unambiguously and unequivocally clear that the state of my mental health was a direct consequence of his behaviour. In missing this opportunity, I was in danger of falling into the mental health trap. I was fortunate that his amateur diagnosis was treated with the contempt it deserved by the health professionals within the company. Many people are not so fortunate"

"It felt as though our company had developed an unwritten policy that achievement of budget targets was paramount, and if there were a few human casualties on the way, that was unfortunate, but an acceptable price to pay. As one of the casualties, I beg to differ."

Employees quoted in Bully in sight

In this ground-breaking book, you will learn

Bully in sight is in two parts; part one describes and defines bullying, part two tells you what you can do about it.

Part 1: what is bullying?

Chapter 1: overview, common excuses and euphemisms, why bullying happens, what can be done
Chapter 2: bullying in education, the consequences of the imposition of league tables, the disastrous effects of OFSTED
Chapter 3: what bullying is, how bullying manifests itself, the predictable process of bullying, what to do about it, serial bullying, bullying phases, bully behaviours, how bullies get away with it, denial
Chapter 4: characteristics of the bullying manager, bully behaviours
Chapter 5: the bully's hold explained, physical bullying, maintaining the hold, conscience, compulsive lying, psychopathic personality, bully sayings, bully profile, facing up to the bully
Chapter 6: bullying strategies and tactics revealed
Chapter 7: how the target thinks, feels and reacts, how bullies select targets, resistance to subjugation, what to watch out for, how and why people put up with bullying, profile of the bullied person
Chapter 8: effects of bullying on health, hypervigilance, the downward spiral, thoughts of suicide, the mental health trap, mental illness versus psychiatric injury, stress breakdown, shock, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Prolonged Duress Stress Disorder (PDSD), stress and the body, ill-health resulting from bullying, effects on relationships, recovery, recognition and validation, moving on
Chapter 9: cost of bullying and stress to the employer, individuals and their families, and to taxpayers
Chapter 10: identifying the causes of bullying, what stimulates bullying, corporate bullying, benefits of regular reorganisation, perceived poor management, cutting costs by cutting staff, abuse of work force, culture and image, clues to look for, why people bully

Part 2: how to challenge and combat workplace bullying

Chapter 11: how to identify and expose the bully, the 15-step unmasking process
Chapter 12: standing up for yourself, options, making a choice, behaving assertively, simple and effective assertive defences against the bully, handling criticism, dealing with guilt
Chapter 13: what to do if you're being bullied, practical advice from co-operation through conciliation to negotiation, confrontation and legal action
Chapter 14: using the law, laws relevant to bullying, the UK court system, industrial tribunals, what you need to know about constructive dismissal, time limits, previous tribunal decisions, case law relevant to bullying, liability, predecessors, preparing your case
Chapter 15: the nine moral issues raised by bullying
Chapter 16: taking action, the way forward, why employers need to take action now, helping the target, helping the bully, action for employers, setting up a non-bullying policy, the law and bullying, society's way forward

Resources: recommended reading, details of groups and organisations tackling bullying

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