Books about Bullying

Here's a collection of books that readers may find helpful. If you know a title you think readers might find helpful, please let us know, using the website contact form at the bottom of the page. Near the top of the list are books written or co-written by the late Tim Field. Bully In Sight remains popular 20 years after it was first published. These review summaries from GoodReads say more than we could:

  • "This book saved my life. It helped me to see that what had happened to me had HAPPENED TO me (that it wasn't my fault). I learned the patterns that bullies use and how to avoid their traps."
  • "Tim Field is truly the pioneer of bullying in the workplace. The book is informative and easy to understand. A must have for anyone encountering workplace harassment/abuse."
  • "Another in a series on workplace bullying that I've read before and are re-skimming looking for specific information. This British publication by the late Tim Field is packed full of useful information."

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Bully In Sight - Tim Field

Bully in Sight - How to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying. Overcoming the silence and denial by which abuse thrives. An insider's view which validates the experience of bullying, identifies the serial bully, and describes the injury to health caused by bullying and harassment. Over 11,000 copies sold in over 40 countries. By Tim Field with a foreword by Diana Lamplugh OBE.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - David Kinchin

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. The symptoms are surprisingly common and include: sleep problems, impaired memory, inability to concentrate, hypervigilance (feels like but is not paranoia), exaggerated startle response and hypersensitivity, panic attacks, irritability and violent outbursts, joint/muscle pains, and feelings of nervousness and anxiety. A former sufferer of PTSD, David Kinchin tells his story and those of ten others. He describes in plain language what it is like to suffer from PTSD and explains all the complications the disorder can include. He gives advice on seeking help and the treatments available. Now David Kinchin shares his knowledge and insight in a unique book by a former PTSD sufferer for PTSD sufferers, showing you how to recover and put the experience behind you.

Bullycide-Death at Playtime - Neil Marr and Tim Field

An expose of child suicide caused by bullying. Cases, Interviews, Surveys Plus Advice from Leading Experts on Dealing with Bullying; The first in-depth study of bullycide - a word the authors have coined to describe when bullied children choose suicide rather than face another day of bullying, harassment and abuse.
  • at least 16 children commit bullycide in the UK every year
  • the scale of misdiagnosed bullycide could be many times that uncovered by the authors
  • 19,000 children attempt suicide annually - one every hall hour
  • in the time it takes to read this book fifteen children will have attempted suicide
This ground-breaking book:
  • provides the first realistic statistics on bullycide
  • validates the experience of bullying and resultant trauma
  • reveals the extent of school bullying and its fatal consequences
  • identifies the risks your child faces at school
  • exposes the scale of denial at official level
  • offers insight, ideas and guidance from leading experts.

Difficult People - Barry Winbolt

We all have to deal with difficult behaviour - our own and other people's - from time to time. Mostly we manage well, but now and again we run into someone who just doesn't do things by the same rules. This book gives new insights into those impossible relationships that cause so much anguish, stress and lost time. It is an entertaining and informative read, as well as a practical guide to help handle those nasty situations that obstruct us at work, aggravate us at home or otherwise disrupt our lives. Carefully researched and highly readable. Includes case studies and anecdotes that bring the subject to life.

The Question Space - Gail Foster

Gail Foster has experienced the trauma of workplace bullying and has combined her experience, recovery and professional expertise in social work, mental health, life coaching and teaching to provide insight and simple, practical tools which encourage healing and growth. This timely and inspiring book gives hope to those who have been the target of the workplace bully. First aid principles and exercises are given to reduce the impact of the initial trauma, and a variety of resources, work and referral options and support are suggested. The book looks at the ‘big picture’ and asks the reader to consider their purpose and legacy. Clear explanations are given for the common experiences of grief, loneliness and shame. Tools are designed for possibility thinking and include The Traffic Light Exercise, The Question Space, Using Your Wonder Muscle and a simple ABC Strategy to counter future bullying tactics. The Question Space corrects many common misperceptions and concludes that post bullying trauma is very real, yet healing and joy are possible. It poses the question: Are elements of our social and work environments toxic and unsustainable?

The Mask Of Sanity - Hervey M. Cleckley

First published in 1941, Cleckley's clinical interviews with patients in a locked institution. The text is considered to be a seminal work and the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the twentieth century.

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work - Paul Babiak & Robert D Hare

Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not. We'd like to think that if we met someone who was completely without conscience -- someone who was capable of doing anything at all if it served his or her purposes -- we would recognize it. In popular culture, the image of the psychopath is of someone like Hannibal Lecter or the BTK Killer. But in reality, many psychopaths just want money, or power, or fame, or simply a nice car. Where do these psychopaths go? Often, it's to the corporate world. Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths. Hare, the author of Without Conscience, is a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, and Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Recently the two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations, and the results were surprising. They found that it's exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, that attracts psychopaths. They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles. Snakes in Suits is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment: what kind of companies attract them, how they negotiate the hiring process, and how they function day by day. You'll learn how they apply their "instinctive" manipulation techniques -- assessing potential targets, controlling influential victims, and abandoning those no longer useful -- to business processes such as hiring, political command and control, and executive succession, all while hiding within the corporate culture. It's a must read for anyone in the business world, because whatever level you're at, you'll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company -- before it's too late.

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - Robert D Hare

Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets--and they do not always ply their trade by killing. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.

Understanding Stress Breakdown - William Wilkie

The first sign you are beginning to break down under stress is free-floating anxiety, a vague urgent feeling of unease or dread. If you cannot find relief from the stress you may experience further stress symptoms. But you may not recognise some of these symptoms for what they are, and you may wrongly think a love relationship is at an end. This book shows you why stress symptoms occur, how to recognise them early and what to do to stop stress affecting your relationships. It explains why stress harms your health, how to deal with bullies and how to heal a post-traumatic stress disorder. It also explains why normal men and women find communicating with each other so difficult and stressful, even at the best of times.

Free Yourself from Workplace Bullying: Become Bully-Proof and Regain Control of Your Life - Aryanne Oade

Workplace bullying can be a toxic experience. It can lead to plummeting self-esteem, destroy your self-confidence, and impair your ability to perform. But the good news is there is no need for expensive and risky legal action – which you might not even win - or a stressful formal complaint. You don’t have to leave your job, either. Discover how to protect yourself from grooming and bullying. Learn how to defend yourself at the time of an attack. Re-gain your self-confidence and self-esteem following the devastation of bullying. This practical guide includes real-life examples and proven strategies which will stop bullying in its tracks. It is packed full of tactics, insight and empathy which will benefit you if you have experienced workplace bullying, or if you are concerned that you may be targeted in the future. It includes how to:
  • Recognise and defeat bullying behaviour simply and straightforwardly.
  • Understand the bullying dynamic, and learn how to alter it in your favour.
  • Respond effectively to a range of bullying tactics including slander, gossip, rage, lies and innuendo.
  • Defend yourself when your performance is questioned as part of a bullying campaign.
  • Respond effectively to a bullying team member who opposes your authority on principle.
  • …and much more.

21 Dirty Tricks at Work - Mike Phipps & Colin Gautrey

21 Dirty Tricks at Work is about lies. The type of underhand, pernicious and downright Machiavellian scheming that goes on in business every day. An estimated £7.8bn is lost each year in the UK alone though unnecessary and counter–productive office politicking. But 21 Dirty Tricks at Work is also a book of hope. It exposes the classic manoeuvres and gives practical advice on dealing with them to the vast majority who just want to do a good day's work. 21 Dirty Tricks at Work provides you with all the information you need to spot negative tactics and self–interested strategies. It shows you how to spot the games frequently being played and how to come out with your credibility intact and your sanity preserved. So, if you are fed–up of being on the receiving end of constant backbiting and skulduggery from workmates, join hands with the authors and get Machiavelli on the run!

How To Be Assertive In Any Situation - Sue Hadfield

Take control and lead the life you want to live.
  • Do you say yes when you mean no?
  • Do you avoid conflict and confrontation?
  • Do you struggle to make decisions?
What if you could confidently answer no to all of these questions? With How to be Assertive in Any Situation you can. Discover life-changing techniques to help you express your needs openly and calmly; set boundaries and deal with expectations, demands and criticism; make clear decisions without ever feeling anxious. Challenge your fears, grow self-confidence and steer your life in the direction you want to go.

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