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“Examples of Bullying at work include harassing, offending, or socially excluding someone repeatedly over a period of around six months.
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“Workplace bullying leads to poor health because the victim is exposed to a very stressful situation – resulting in anxiety and lack of vigour. We wanted to see whether deteriorated health could make the employee an easy target for bullying. For example, the victim may have less energy to respond to difficult situations and therefore receive less support from colleagues or supervisors.
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“Another explanation is the so-called ‘gloomy perception mechanism’ in which anxious employees may evaluate their environment more negatively.”
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Dr Sanz Vergel said: “We found that being exposed to workplace bullying leads to deteriorated mental health and decreased well-being. But at the same time, showing anxious behaviour puts the victim in a weak position and makes them an easy target – leading to a spiral of abuse. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the inner monologue of someone as he/she is the target of bullying.

Journaling Prompt: When do you find yourself feeling gloomy about your environment?

Art Prompt: Gloomy perception mechanism

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the psychological effects of workplace bullying.

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