My heart goes out to anyone who's targeted by a female malignant narcissist at work. Most of us work because we need to, so cutting a predator out of your life isn't so simple when you depend upon a paycheck. The standard advice of distancing yourself doesn't apply here, unfortunately, although, once you detect a toxic atmosphere, it's a good time to update your resume and start looking around. Usually, the bully's goal is to drive you out of the organization.
Most workplace targets end up leaving their jobs, whether by force, in the case of a firing, or by voluntary resignation. This happens 75 percent of the time, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, which is a great source of help, information and support. This organization has also pushed for nationwide legislation that would make these head games patently illegal.
However, until embattled workers have more legal protection, there's very little anyone can do once a hate campaign gains some traction. Adult bullies do not strike unless they know they'll win. To ensure themselves of this "victory," they will surreptitiously chip away at your social network, until you have no loyal friends left. This happens gradually, and without your knowledge. But the time you realize something is up, the situation is very far gone.
So, if you're a target of a workplace tyrant, you have my condolences. This too shall pass, and when one door closes, another will open.
If this person is not your supervisor, don't be surprised if management turns a blind eye as she takes her swings at you. Workplace bullying is accepted in America, and morally disordered people tend to receive a disproportion share of promotions. I'd go so far as to say the entire corporate culture in America is very sick, because workplace bullies are allowed to flourish.
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