Friday, February 8, 2008

Early New Year's Reading

Here's some books I've been reading /reviewing lately. The ones on the first part of the list referring to work abuse and subsequent trauma I've read before, most of them at least twice. This time I simply reread the highlighted areas which, in some titles, are substantial.

Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive it - by Wyatt and Hare
Bully in Sight: How to Predict, Resist, Challenge, and Combat Workplace Bullying - by Tim Field
Stalking the Soul: Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity - by Marie-France Hirigoyen
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn't - by Robert I.
Mobbing: Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity - by Noa Dvenport
BullyProof Yourself at Work: Personal Strategies to Recognize and Stop the Hurt from
Harassment - by Gary and Ruth Namie
The Bully at Work: What You can do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job - by
Gary and Ruth Namie
Adult Bullying: Perpetrators and Victims - by Peter Randall
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion; from Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine,
and Beyond - by Mark Ames
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - by David Kinchin
Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society - edited
by Bessel A van der Kolk


The Heights of Machu Pichu - Pablo Neruda
Poems from Guantanamo: the Detainees Speak - edited by Marc Falkoff
Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties - Robert Stone
1001 Nights in Iraq - Shant Kenderian
The Dogs of Riga - Henning Mankell
Dark Obsession - Shelley Sessions and Peter Meyer
The Night Gardener - George Pelecanos
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler - Jason Roberts
Jesus Christ: Live and in the Flesh - Lyn Lifshin
Verses that Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets - edited by Jordan and Amy

I hope your reading has been as rewarding as mine.

1 comment:

Penbat said...

Hi that is a good selection of books but there are also some excellent more psychology-tinged books on bullying such as:

* Snakes in Suits : When Psychopaths Go to Work (by Paul Babiak, Robert D. Hare)

* Coping with Toxic Managers, Subordinates ... and Other Difficult People: Using Emotional Intelligence to Survive and Prosper (by Roy H. Lubit)

* Toxic Coworkers: How to Deal with Dysfunctional People on the Job (by Alan A., Ph.D. Cavaiola, Neil J., Ph.D. Lavender)

* Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry (by Albert J. Bernstein)

* In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People (by George K Simon)

* Who's Pulling Your Strings?: How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life (by Harriet B. Braiker)

A fuller book list is on my home page at

Bullying doesn't have a scientific definition and some psychology books just prefer to describe a range of dysfunctional behaviour by people with a range of personality disorders disorders. Much of this dysfunctional behaviour could be considered to be bullying but some people who are just awkward or difficult to deal with are probably not considered to be bullies.

I have seen the draft of Tim Field's unpublished book and unfortunately it is unpublishable as he has gone way out of his depth into the realms of psychology when really he needed a psychology co-author at the time to help him out. Anyway books like Snakes in Suits do a good job of covering the ground that I think Tim was intending to cover.