Mobbing

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Mobbing is a special type of consensus bullying behavior. It is about an imbalance of social, physical or other power involving a group or a person.

Mobbing is like a "virus" or a "cancer" that spreads via gossip, rumour and innuendo. Mobbing is developed or pushed by a leader who persuades others into a systematic pattern of "mob-like" behaviour toward the target.[1]

History[change | change source]

Some European languages have adopted "mob" as a loanword to describe special kinds of bullying.[1]

Checklists[change | change source]

A checklist for identify mobbing behaviour includes[2]

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  • Group focus on a critical incident that "shows what kind of person the "target" really is"[2]
  • Shared belief that the target needs "to be taught a lesson"[2]
  • Defamation words and reasoning about the target[2]
  • Shared negative ideas about the target[2]
  • Loss of diversity of argument, so that it becomes dangerous to defend the target[2]
  • Addition of the target’s real or imagined mistakes[2]

References[change | change source]

Newspaper headlines about bullying
  1. 1.0 1.1 Shallcross, Linda et al. (2008). "Workplace Mobbing: Expulsion, Exclusion, and Transformation," 2008; retrieved 2013-2-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Westhues, Kenneth. Checklist of Mobbing Indicators at arts.uwaterloo.ca, 2006; retrieved 2013-2-20.

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