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Bullies tend to have a Jekyll and Hyde manner of engaging with others; they are charming and even charismatic in one setting and as ruthless as a hardened criminal in another, crushing a threat by whatever means necessary (e.g. lying, cheating, manipulating, undermining and sabotage) – like a warped workplace politician. Professor Boddy calls them Corporate Psychopaths; “to people they need to impress, the corporate psychopath’s image or façade almost never varies and those above them typically think of them as ‘star’ employees – marked for further promotion and advancement in the organisation. To everyone else – especially those below the corporate psychopath – their true manipulative, bullying, ruthless, callous, uncaring, untruthful, parasitic and abusive personality soon becomes apparent… They typically bully for two main reasons: firstly, for predatory purposes; because they enjoy damaging people and their careers, and secondly, they do it to cause confusion around them enabling them to get ahead while everyone else is distracted by chaos.” There is support for the theory that some bullies’ brains are wired to get a sadistic pleasure from picking on victims. A recent neuroscience study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai showed bullying activates reward circuits in the aggressors. As the brain registers all pleasures by releasing dopamine (whether from sex, chocolate, drugs or bullying) bullies actions create the same sort of buzz in the bullys’ brains as most us get from doing good deeds or eating chocolate. Over time, the brain adapts and becomes accustomed to the pleasurable activity / substance and needs a bigger hit to give the individual pleasure. Ultimately the compulsion to control others becomes like heroin to a drug 26 addict.

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If you are struggling with bullying, harassment, cyberbullying or anti-social behaviour issues, we hope this edition will enable you to iden...