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-Bullies take almost any aim at their targets.
-Bullies themselves suffer from Narcissism.  
-Bullies are amoral, self-absorbed, and paranoid. 
-Bullies believe the world revolves around their interests.   
-Bullies need a 'fix' on a regular basis.
-Bullies target whomever appears to be a threat.
-Bullies manipulate others to help with targeting. 
The top 10 tactics as listed in The Bully at Work:
 1.   Blame for "errors"
 2.   Unreasonable job demands
 3.   Criticism of ability
 4.   Inconsistent compliance with rules
 5.   Threatens job loss
 6.   Insults and put-downs
 7.   Discounting/denial of accomplishments
 8.   Exclusion, "icing out"
 9.   Yelling, screaming
 10. Stealing credit

Consequences:  The Destruction of Individuals...
Emotional Devastation
    - Anxiety & Depression
    - Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder (PTSD*)
           affects 30% of women targets; 21% of the men
Physical Health Compromised
    - Migraines & Tension Headaches
    - Gastrointestinal Disorders
    - Hypertension & Cardiovascular Diseases
    - Adult Diabetes
    - and a host of Stress-Induced Diseases
Loss of Social Support
    - Resentment, Isolation, then Abandonment by Co-Workers,
      Spouses/Partners, Friends
Negative Economic Impact
    - Reduced Income when forced into claims for
      Workers' Compensation or Disability
    -  Lost Income following Constructive Discharge (Coerced
       Involuntary Termination)
*Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD)
PTSD has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association since 1980.  PTSD is an emotional injury that results for an overwhelming assault on the mind and emotions.  The immediate response to trauma can be intense fear, helplessness, and hopelessness.  The reaction may be delayed by days, weeks, months, or even years, and it can last for a long time.
Three classes of PTSD symptoms:
Hyper-arousal:  edginess, irritability, easily startled, poor sleep, troubled concentration, unusual aggressiveness, constant vigilance
Thought Obsessions:  uncontrolled memories, nightmares, flashbacks, mind racing, anxiety
Emotional Flatness:  avoidance, lack of caring and concern, sense of no future, anger, isolation, shame, guilt, depression
*Once thought to be caused by a single horrifying incident, psychologists now realize PTSD can be compounded by a series of incidents that collectively create a 'pressure cooker' over an extended period of time, such as an ongoing abusive work environment.   For more information about PTSD* and Complex PTSD*, visit the links below.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Click here to read

Symptoms of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, now being referred to by the pentagon as "Polytrauma")