Saturday, October 12, 2013

What is Relational Aggression?

There are a number of relatively new terms coined by social scientists that describe how adult females often mistreat one another. One is "relational aggression."

This is when someone tries to destroy the social standing of someone else. Women often use this tactic to undermine an adversary. They may feel threatened by another woman. Or they may just desire to raise their own profile, at the expense of their victim.

These attacks are usually carried out under the radar. The malicious rumor-mongering is done without the target's knowledge. By the time she catches on the to fact she's been blacklisted, the damage done is often irreparable.

When this happens in the workplace, the results are predictably disastrous.

Flickr photo by Iqbal Osman!

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