“When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers … we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
As established in the tomes of research on sociopathy, the sociopath is a master recruiter. It is fundamental to understand why this is an element of their existence and how it serves their goals of domination and victory.
Workplace bullying is sustained through indifference, providing tacit support for bullies, or deliberate decisions that kill anti-bullying initiatives.
Louisville.edu: Workplace/organizational bullying often involves an abuse or misuse of power. Bullying includes behavior that intimidates, degrades, offends, or humiliates. Bullying behavior creates feelings of defenselessness in the target and undermines an individual’s right to dignity.
Toxic people will bully and take advantage of anybody who they think won’t stand up to them, which is why it’s so important to stand up to toxic people, not just for yourself, but for others around you.
The intelligent and respectable bully
Since, in the majority of cases, people who indulge in abuse are selective about whom they abuse, other people are typically surprised—or in disbelief—when hearing that someone is experiencing on-going and periodic abuse from someone they know, like, and respect. With great skill and to the fullest, pathological individuals exploit the trust they have gained through deception. “Nice and friendly” is the persona of many individuals who crave power.
Beware the Clever Bully
A successful adult bully is clever in his tactics. He rarely resembles the overtly aggressive stereotype. His methods are very subtle, disguised with all the right behaviors. In that lies his treachery. People respect and trust him, and he quietly betrays their trust whenever necessary to fulfill his ambitions. For him, the ends always justify the means. And if the bully is particularly good at this, no one except his victim sees the betrayal. In some cases, not even the victims realize what has happened.
To make matters worse, a highly skilled bully usually has the dedication, focus, and business acumen to create success, or at least the appearance of success. Then he is honored and promoted, held up as an example of a leader. He is rewarded while the frustration builds among the targets of his bullying and intimidating, backstabbing, and manipulating.
A skilled, clever bully displays an elaborate, complex set of behaviors to exploit people around him. Those who only consider bullying to be blatantly aggressive behavior are missing the point. Any habitual pattern of intentional, socially cruel behavior is bullying, including the subtle tactics of deceit, distortion, misrepresentation and misdirection. When the penalty for resisting someone is destruction of your position and reputation, it’s fair to describe that person as a bully. Using this broad definition, bullying has reached epidemic proportions in the American workplace.
A workplace bully has self-serving goals with a complete lack of respect or caring for others, who he never considers as equals. And among these moral and intellectual inferiors, he feels free to use any means necessary to gain compliance. It is his perpetual intention to dominate those he considers being weak, naive, unaware or otherwise susceptible to his guile.
Roughly one-fourth of employed Americans have reported bullying at work. That’s over 30 million people. Unfortunately, most targets of bullying lack the knowledge and skills to effectively respond. Either they don’t understand the cause of their problems, or they don’t realize that it’s possible to fight back. That’s over 30 million easy targets. No wonder that bullies act with such smug confidence in their ability to dominate others.
Bullies may abuse because they are insecure or have not been properly socialized. But some simply enjoy it. Recent brain-scan research has shown that bullies are wired differently. When they see a victim in pain, it triggers parts of their brain associated with pleasure.