How to spot an abuser early on

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2020

Afraid you won't be able to detect an abuser on your next job interview? In his book Bully in Sight: How to Predict, Resist, Challenge, and Combat Workplace Bullying: Overcoming the Silence and Denial by which Abuse Thrives, Tim Field outlines these bully characteristics:

  • Cavalier attitude
  • Delegation and dumping
  • Differing values
  • Divided loyalty
  • Duplicity
  • Envy
  • Evasiveness
  • Failure mentality
  • Fait accompli
  • Favoritism
  • Focus on the victim
  • Frequent moves
  • Humorlessness
  • Inability to cope with failure
  • Inability to plan ahead
  • Inconsistency
  • Indecision
  • Ingratitude
  • Insatiability
  • Insensitivity
  • Insincerity
  • Interference
  • Imposition
  • Jekyll and Hyde persona
  • Know-it-all attitude
  • Lack of competence
  • Lack of contingency planning
  • Lack of foresight
  • Misrepresentation
  • Mood swings
  • Need to assert authority
  • Negative language
  • Opportunism
  • Plagiarism
  • Poor judgment
  • Poor listening skills
  • Resoluteness
  • Rigidity
  • Self-importance
  • Selfishness
  • Shifting goalposts
  • Short-term thinking
  • Short-term memory
  • Spinelessness
  • Steadfast self-reliance
  • Taking credit
  • Trivializing
  • Untrustworthiness
  • Unwillingness to accept responsibility
  • Unwillingness to acknowledge
  • Unwillingness to apologize
  • Unwillingness to communicate
  • Unwillingness to cooperate
  • Vindictiveness

Remind yourself of these traits and look for evidence of them next time you job hunt.

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