Good books on Bullying, Workplace Violence, etc


The second, improved edition of “Don’t take shit from Hyenas in the Workplace” is here!

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This book investigates and exposes the rise of bullying and workplace violence worldwide in the form of the Workplace Hyena. Using metaphor and clever word-smithing, the natural hyena is humorously applied to its corporate counterpart. Behaviour like bullying, physical- or emotional abuse, is the discourse of restructuring and changes in the workplace. This behaviour may cost the organization money, creativity and
losing the competitive edge – leaving a “trail of angst”, stress and depression .You will soon be able to relate your personal work experiences and
colleagues you have had the (mis)fortune to encounter in your professional life, to the hyena typologies so vividly described in these pages. Who has not encountered the Makulu Hyenas (and their Proteges-the Squeezas), Power Hyenas, Laughing and Quiet Hyenas, the Competitive Hyenas, Halo Hyenas, Incompetent Hyenas and Impimpi’s like Den Creeper and Shit-stirrer Hyenas to name only some of the denizens at work. A “must read” for targets or victims Workplace Hyenas, Wellness Professionals and Managers. 




Magnificent Outcomes. An account of the struggle and victory over workplace violence in the health sector by Dr Susan Steinman
This book gives an account of how the VETO programme was introduced in the Gauteng Department of Health at all the health care facilities and the best practices that emerged. This programme to combat physical and emotional violence in the health sector changed the Gauteng Department of Health and empowered health workers to take responsibility to reduce the levels of violence. A great book. Orders will be shipped from 20 March 2007.




The Bully at Work, Gary Namie, PhD and Ruth Namie, PhD, Sourcebooks Inc.,
paperback 287 pp $14.95. Visit for your copy. This is an excellent book, taking the victim or target of workplace bullying on a journey to understanding what is happening and how to cope best with the situation.



Silent Hell: workplace violence and bullying by Dr Charmaine Hockley. March 2002, ISBN 1-876087-54-4. An excellent book for health care staff, especially nurses. For details and order form email


Bullying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.  International perspectives in research and practise. Einarsen,
Hoel, Zapf and Cooper (eds.) 
Over the last decade or so research into bullying, emotional abuse and harassment at work, as distinct from harassment based on sex or race and primarily of a non-physical nature, has emerged as a new field of study.  Two main academic streams have emerged:  a European tradition applying the concept of mobbing or bullying and the American tradition, primarily identified through concepts such as emotional abuse and mistreatment.  One focuses on the perpetrator, the other on the victim.  In addition research in this field has also started in Australia and South Africa.  All are brought together in this work, in a synthesis of research and analysis of practice in the field.  This book also aims to document the existence and consequences of the problem of bullying, to explore its causes and to investigate the effectiveness of approaches aimed at mitigating and managing the problem, as well as to offer suggestions for further progress in this important new field.  Cost 55 British pounds, postage extra.  For more information and to order visit  



Breaking the Silence. Overcoming the problem of principal Mistreatment of teacher.  Joseph Blase and Jo Blase.  Corwin Press, Inc.

The detrimental effect of abusive principal behavior not only deteriorates teacher morale and performance, but also erodes school effectiveness, student learning and quality of life for everyone involved.  Unfortunately, this type of mistreatement – with its devastating implications – has largely been ignored and treated as a taboo subject.  In this groundbreaking book, Blase and Blase begin the critical dialogue about abuse by exposing the various manifestations of mistreatment, and offering practical solutions for its prevention and correction.  Key features include:  real-life examples
and testimonials, specific forms and indicators of mistreatment categorized into three levels, detailed description of the effects on schools and teachers, professionally and personally, solutions for overcoming this problem including six survival skills.  Visit to order your copy now.



Stalking the Soul.  Emotional abuse and the erosion of identity. by Marie-France Hirigoyen. Hirigoyen has written a book of extraordinary therapeutic value. Her analysis of the often undetected manipulative patterns in destructive relationships is both compassionate and profound, and makes for a fascinating, exciting, and eye-opening reading experience. I think that many readers will find in it, unexpectedly, not only a mirror reflecting their own life, but also-and above all-the assistance of a knowing witness. It is only in the presence of such a witness that we may find the courage and strength we need to confront our own painful truth so that the understanding, and eventually healing, become possible.” –Alice Miller, author of The Drama of the Gifted Child

STALKING THE SOUL/ISBN 1-885586-53-1/$22.00/HC/Distributed by D.A.P. 1-800-338-BOOK/Published
by Helen Marx Books/November 2000 .  Publicity Contact: Marian Brown,


Bullying in the Workplace:  An Occupational Hazard. Helene Richards and Sheila Freeman.  HarperCollins
(May 2002).
Bullying. The word immediately conjures up images of playground taunts and fistfights, but bullying is not confined to the schoolyard. It is rife in the adult world, condoned and even encouraged in politics, in sport, and in the workplace. This book aims to stop workplace bullying from being ‘swept under the carpet’ by highlighting the damage it does to the individual and the company.

Workplace Bullying: What we know, who is to blame, and what can we do?

Charlotte Rayner,Staffordshire University, UK, Helge Hoel and Cary Cooper, UMIST, UK. A good book for scholars too.

Adult bullying: perpetrators and victims, Peter Randall, Routledge, London, 1996.

£12.99, ISBN 0-415-12673-8. Very informative about bullies on victims, but
limited on information in the workplace.

Work abuse: how to recognize and survive it,
Wyatt and Hare, Schenkman Books, 1997, $19,95, ISBN 0-87047-109-0. For details email
No-blame theory is insightful – a good book.

Bullying: from backyard to boardroom, McCarthy-Sheenan-Wilkie (Eds), Millennium
Books, 1996, ISBN 1-96429-049-8. For details e-mail



Eliminating Professors – A Guide to the Dismissal Process by Ken Westhues, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Waterloo. Focussing on 25 cases of professors who have been dismissed from their jobs. Westhues describes and analyses the five-stage process by which organizations get rid of employees who think their jobs are permanent. Engaging read.



Disgruntled The Darker Side of the World of Work by David S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist. This book is filled with workplace horror stories, useful resources and information for disgruntled employees, and tips on getting gruntled again. It’s time to reclaim your soul, your sleep schedule, and your human dignity. Disgruntled workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your jobs…

The Crazy -Making Workplace by Archibald D. Hart, Highland Books, Guilford, Surrey, 1993. ISBN 1897913109. Excellent read and good advice on coping with a dysfunctional workplace.


Suppression Stories by Brian Martin. Published by the Fund for Intellectual Dissent. To order e-mail:
.  Good book for whistle blowers

Bullying at Work, Andrea Adams with Neil Crawford, Virago, 1992, ISBN 1-85381-542-X. The seminal (original) book on workplace bullying.

Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace , Davenport, Schwartz, and Elliott, Civil Society Publishing, July 1999, ISBN 0-9671803-0-9. Cost $14.95 ($21.95 in Canada); can be ordered directly from BookMasters Inc, PO Box 388, Ashland, OH 44805, USA, Tel (800) 247-6553, e-mail or through your local bookstore

Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment , Pauline Rennie Peyton, Brunner Routledge, 2003

Abuse in the Workplace: Management Remedies and Bottom Line Impact, Emily S. Bassman, Quorum, 1992, Westport, CT, ISBN 0-8993-0673-X


Brutal Bosses and their Prey: How to Identify and Overcome Abuse in the Workplace, Harvey A Hornstein, Riverhead Books, New York, 1996, ISBN 0-57322-586-X, pbk


The Verbally Abusive Relationship: how to recognize it and how to respond, Patricia Evans , Adams, ISBN 1-55850-582-2. Recommended, especially if you’re dealing with a psychologically violent partner, co-worker, or manager.

Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You, Patricia Evans, to be published 31 January 2002.

Workplace Bullying – a costly business secret , Andrea Needham, New Zealand’s first book on workplace bullying, available 16 September 2003

Harassment, Bullying and Violence at Work, Angela Ishmael with Bunmi Alemoru, 1999, ISBN 1-85835-104-9 Bullying and Stress in the Workplace: Employers and Employees – A Guide, John Eardly, First Law Limited , Dublin

Bullying in the workplace: an organisational toolkit , Elaine Douglas , Gower Publishing, 2001, £95, ISBN 0-566-08408-2 (paperback) or ISBN 0-566-08275-6 (loose-leaf)

Bully Off! , Jo Clifton and Heather Serdar, Russell House Publishing, 2000, ISBN 1-898944-66-X, £14.95 + £1.50 p&p, 91pages A4 spiral bound for easy photocopying. Email , tel 01297 443948

The Bullying Culture [in the NHS], Ruth Hadikin and Muriel O’Driscoll, Butterworth-Heinemann , 2000, ISBN 0-7506-5201

Bully Proof , Jean Kelly, Aurora Books ( ), 1999, £9.99, ISBN 0-9535314-0-6

Broadening Horizons , Western Australia, 2002, ISBN 9780 9580 10207, email Making advances: what you can do about sexual harassment at work , Liz Curtis, BBC Books, 1993, £4.99, ISBN 0-563-36960-4

Harassment Law & Practice , Neil Addison & Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, October 1998, ISBN 1 85431 834 9, £24.95 The

Whistleblower’s Handbook , Brian Martin, Jon Carpenter Publishing, 1999, ISBN 1-897766-52-1, £10, credit card orders +44 (0)1689 870437 +44 (0)1689 870437 Whistleblowing in the Health Services , Geoff Hunt (National Coordinator, Freedom to Care), Arnold, 1998, ISBN 0-340-59234-6, £14.99. Ordering details: Medical Marketing Dept, Arnold, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, tel 0171 873 6221, fax 0171 873 6325, email

Whistleblowing in the Social Services , Geoff Hunt, Arnold, 1998, ISBN 0-340-65245-4, £15.99. Ordering details: Medical Marketing Dept, Arnold, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, tel 0171 873 6221, fax 0171 873 6325, email Deadly Disclosures , Dr William de Maria, Wakefield Press, South Australia, 1999 (provides case studies which show bullying by toxic organisations and the government of people
who disclose issues in the public interest. Also outlines the characteristics of toxic organisations, the “bullying” process as it relates to
whistleblowers, including the “organisational vendetta” aimed at removing the whistleblower from the workplace and in some cases results in
trumped-up charges of breaches of ethics or even criminal charges against the whistleblower. Often “whistleblowers” are merely doing their job or
standing up for their beliefs – and pay a high price.) The violence prone workplace: a new approach to dealing with hostile, threatening and uncivil
behavior , Richard V. Denenberg and Mark Braverman, ISBN 0-8014-3396-7, Cornell Press, £23.95

How to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace, Gower, 2000, ISBN 0-566-08073-7 Managing the monkey: how to defuse conflicts that can lead to violence in the workplace , Mark Dawes with Denise Winn, Mindfields, 1998, £9.95 (or write to The Therapist, The Barn, Church Farm, Chalvington, Halisham, East Sussex BN27 3TD)

Violence at work: causes, pattern and prevention, edited by Martin Gill (Scarman Centre, University of Leicester), Bonnie Fisher (University of Cincinnati) and Vaughan Bowie (University of Sydney), November 2001 , £25 hardback, ISBN 1-903240-62-X, Willan Publishing

Toxic co-workers: how to deal with dysfunctional people on the job: working with narcissists, borderlines, sociopaths, schizoids, and others, Alan A. Cavaiola, Ph.D., and Neil J. Lavender PhD, Oakland, CA, USA, New Harbinger Publications , c2000

The plague of violence, a preventable epidemic , Mitch Hall, Checkmate Press, 2002

Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Re-visited , Shmuel (Sam) Vaknin PhD , ISBN 80-238-3384-7. You can subscribe to Sam Vaknin’s Narcissism
. Books recommended by readers, authors, surfers and survivors 

Employment Law Fourth Edition , Gwyneth Pitt, Sweet and Maxwell, ISBN 0-421-69010-0

It’s Never Been Easy: a true story of abuse and recovery, Brenda
McGuffee, Winepress Publishing

The gentle art of verbal self defense , Elgin S H, Barnes and Noble Books, New York, 1980, 1993, ISBN 0-88029-030-7 (purely responsive tactical advice) [see for links to Dr Elgin’s work] More on the gentle art of verbal self defense , Elgin S H, Barnes and Noble Books, New York, 1983, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0421-X (builds tactics into proactive strategy)


Stress and employer liability , Earnshaw & Cooper, IPD, 2001, ISBN 0852928785. A guide for anyone dealing with the legal side of stress and
bullying. This is the updated edition of the 1996 version. 
Why zebras don’t get ulcers: an updated

guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping , Robert M Sapolsky, Freeman, 1998, ISBN 0-7167-3210-6. What prolonged negative stress (such as that caused by bullying, coercion, harassment and abuse) does to the body. Comprehensive. Understanding stress breakdown , 3rd edition, Dr William Wilkie, Newleaf,

1999, ISBN 0 7171 2919 5, A$24.95. Available from Self-Help Books, 9th Floor Silverton Place, 101 Wickham Terrace Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4001, or contact Manager, Michael Wilkie as follows: within Australia phone (07) 3839 9727 (07) 3839 9727 or fax (07) 3839 9716,
International Orders – phone +61 7 3839 9727 +61 7 3839 9727, fax +61 7 3839 9716.

“This new edition (the third) is in response to many requests from people participating in seminars given by the author, for the inclusion of material on bullying and male/female differences covered in the seminars but not in the book.” Chapters include The Signs of Stress Breakdown (1), Fatigue and Exhaustion Symptoms (3), Prevention and Treatment of Stress Breakdown (5), Bullying and Brain Washing (6), Prevention of Marriage Breakdown Under Stress (9), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (10).

Recovering damages for psychiatric injury , M Napier & K Wheat, Blackstone Press, £19.95, ISBN 1-85431-352-5

Stress at work: a guide for employers , Health & Safety Executive, HMSO, 1995, ISBN 0-7176-0733-X Trauma, PTSD and psychiatric

Trauma in Southern Africa by Dr H Schulz, T van Wijk and Dr P Jones.  For details send e-mail to

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the invisible injury, 2001 edition , David Kinchin, Success Unlimited, 2001, ISBN 0-9529121-3-9. This is a revised and updated edition of David Kinchin’s book Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: a practical guide to recovery originally published by Thorsons in 1994 and by Success Unlimited in 1998. There are chapters on PTSD caused by terrorism, physical and sexual abuse, and bullying, plus more on Complex PTSD (the new name for Prolonged Duress Stress Disorder)  and Critical Incident Debriefing. An insider’s view from a former sufferer. [ Order ]

The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma Dissociation and Disease , Robert C Scaer MD, The Haworth Medical Press, NY, ISBN 0-7890-1246-4

Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress , Frank Parkinson, Sheldon Press, London, 2000, ISBN 0-85969- 843-2

Simple and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder : strategies for comprehensive treatment in clinical practice, Edited by Mary Beth Williams PhD and John F Sommer Jnr BS, The Haworth Medical Press, NY, ISBN 0-7890-0298-1

Trauma and recovery , Dr Judith Herman, 1992, Virago, 1999 ISBN 1-86049-644-X

I can’t get over it: a handbook for trauma survivors , Dr Aphrodite