December 6th, 2013

The second great new workplace bullying book in time for Christmas 2013


Overcoming Mobbing
A Recovery Guide for
Workplace Aggression
and Bullying



By Maureen Duffy & Len Sperry



A powerful, practical book that accurately reflects the entire bullying experience. These two clinicians, Duffy a clinical psychologist and Sperry a psychiatrist, demonstrate a deep understanding of bullied individuals and what it takes to heal them so life can be lived after bullying.The subtitle says it all — Recovery.

From the Foreword
Practical is the adjective to best describe this book. Though it is rich in citations and relies on science, applicability to real lives, real families and real organizations jumps off the pages. It tackles an admittedly complex subject with an accessible writing style that showcases illustrations and summary lists and tables. Points are driven home artfully with compassion for victims present throughout …

The blunt and truthful authors then describe how organizations create “shadow files” and do whatever it takes for administrators hide behind the myth that it is a “good and fair place to work.” Hypocritically, those employers discard good employees as though they are dispensable resources using the tactics of mobbing fueled by the hurtful power of social exclusion, ostracism …

The authors do not leave the reader submerged in the dark side of the world of work. Ultimately, the book is about hope and inspiration. So, the seventh chapter signals the shift toward a discussion of recovery from mobbing. The valuable advice flows steadily and includes gems such as “don’t make fighting the organization that mobbed you your next career.” Their wisdom extends to selecting psychotherapists who practice “trauma-informed mental health care” by taking into account the organizational, cultural and power dynamics factors that instigated the mobbing experience rather than a focus on the victim’s vulnerability …

The authors’ defiantly critique the “bad apple,” personality-dominated explanation for mobbing. They give the reader an introduction to work environments and their working parts. Personalities of perpetrators comprise only a small part …

Hooray for Duffy and Sperry’s clarity in pronouncing that banishing bullies does not end the systemic problem. As the authors write “it takes an organization” to create it, and that’s what it takes to stop it. ###

There is wisdom for organizational reps for those smart enough to apply the lessons contained inside. However, this book is primarily for bullied targets and the families who love them.

About the authors

Maureen Duffy, PhD, is a practicing family therapist and consultant specializing in workplace and school mobbing and bullying issues and an Affiliate with the Qualitative Research Graduate Program at Nova Southeastern University She provides trauma-informed psychotherapy to targets of mobbing and bullying and their families and consultation and training on workplace abuse to stakeholders including human resource managers and attorneys. She is the coauthor of Mobbing: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions.

Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has provided psychotherapy to mobbing victims and consulted with corporations on mobbing and bullying. He is the coauthor of Mobbing: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions.

Buy this book (along with the Lutgen-Sandvik book and, if they don’t own it yet, our book, The Bully At Work) for those who need it most this Christmas season. They will be forever grateful.

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  • bonniecalcagno

    Mobbing/Gang Stalking Isn’t An Individual Problem – But A Symptom of A Sick Society

    After preparing our Christmas dinner for tomorrow (guess today – it’s
    2:39 am Pacific Time) and watching a good Christmas movie, I started to
    browse the book, “Overcoming Mobbing” and the Workplace Bullying Site – http://www.workplacebullying.org/tag/mobbing/ and found I profoundly disagree with both. My disagreement
    lies on what I see as their “individual monad” approach and my systems
    approach. In the book “Overcoming Mobbing,” for instance, they talk
    about strategies for dealing with the suffering and loss of mobbing.
    That to me is to not accurately see the problem. It’s not an individual
    problem, but a system problem of a sick society. It was Erich Fromm
    who first made me conscious of that. We cannot separate ourselves from
    the contexts in which we live – political system, consequences of the
    educational system etc. Hence it is silly to try to heal yourself from
    the trauma you suffer when you will just be retraumatized until the
    system is made whole/healed. Hence like it or not – we who want to live
    sanely – must accept our role in healing our very sick society.

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