Ethics and the mob

Introduction In order to understand the relationship between ethics and mobbing, it is useful to start by understanding the origin of the word ‘ethics’. This comes from the Greek ‘ethos’, meaning ‘way of being’. There is therefore an academic understanding of ethics, and a cultural understanding. Both are relevant here. Interestingly, the concept of mobbing […]

Prevention of workplace mobbing

PreventionPrevention is always better than cure, so the first approach to rehabilitation of workplace mobbing is to take a public health perspective and to try to prevent it from happening in the first place. Gallant (2012) makes four recommendations to prevent workplace bullying in higher education, and these recommendations could equally be applied to mobbing […]

Recovery from workplace mobbing trauma

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” Simone Weil Healing from the mob is about halting the destruction of self. This process has been started by the mob, but it can only be stopped by you. Your friends and family can help, but it depends first and foremost on yourself. Healing is about […]

Mobbing: who, why, what, how, when?

The issue addressed in this blog is that of ‘mobbing’, which involves the interaction of individuals, groups, and organizations to target one individual. The process is described as ‘mobbing’ in reference to the work done by Konrad Lorenz (1963), the ethologist who observed bird behaviour. Heinz Leymann, a German-Swedish psychologist, applied these finding to human […]