At its foundation is an experience of pain and suffering that someone is unconsciously transferred; enlisting someone else (almost always less powerful) in the torment as to diffuse it inside themselves.Because the dynamic is about power and powerlessness abuse is usually passed from the stronger to the weaker.As a manager, you have the responsibility to create an safe environment where offensive and intimidating behavior is not tolerated.

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The bully mentality is at the top of the list for these behaviors.

Abuse is about stealing power psychically from another person. This list is meant to illustrate the many ways that we callously and quite commonly hurt one another.

by Stephen Cocconi – Channeling Michael – 1996-2012 Abuse is a vague word.

It is vague because there are so many ways in which it can be perpetrated.

Threat, criminal threatening (or threatening behavior) is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of bodily injury.

"Threat of harm generally involves a perception of injury...physical or mental damage..or instance of injury, or a material and detriment or loss to a person." Threatening behaviors may be conceptualized as a maladaptive outgrowth of normal competitive urge for interrelational dominance generally seen in animals.

Your co-workers may be bullying you if they give you the "silent treatment" or otherwise consistently ostracize you. Superiors, peers or even subordinates may sabotage your work to provide a pretext for disciplining you or even firing you.

Your tormentors may even accuse you of bullying them if you stand up to them.

(Below is a chart that shows the emotional journey of an “abuse cycle”.) There are five main categories of abuse. Each type of abuse as listed below are sequential and will tend to build upon each other.