Thursday, October 17, 2013

How Can You Tell if You're Being Bullied by Another Woman

Oftentimes, it's difficult to tell when a female bully selects you as her target.

That's because people with disordered personalities, who like to abuse others, are masters of disguise. They pose as your friend. They appear genuinely supportive. But, by the time you figure out something's wrong, this deceiver has poisoned your other relationships. In the midst of the drama, created by her, she may even manipulates the situation so that you're crying on her shoulder.

How can you tell if you're being bullied? If you belong to a social circle, or work in an office, one clue is how others respond to you. Previously friendly colleagues may become aloof, or cast strange glances in your direction. You'll notice that you're now left out of group activities, even though you were once front and center. (Bullies often prey on friendly, popular people.) You'll start to feel increasingly out of the loop.

If this happens at work, you may find it nearly impossible to do your job. That's because you may be denied access to critical information. Or you might not be invited to important meetings anymore.

This is the time to learn all you can about workplace bullying and narcissistic personality disorder. You may need to think about finding a new job. If this happens in a social setting, you might need to reevaluate some of your friendships.

Although this is a very painful period if your life, this, too, shall pass.

Flickr photo by Torley

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