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What is mobbing?

The word bullying is used to describe a repeated pattern of negative intrusive violational
behaviour against one or more targets and comprises constant trivial nit-picking criticism,
refusal to value and acknowledge, undermining, discrediting and a host of other behaviours.
The word mobbing is preferred to bullying in continental Europe and in those situations where
a target is selected and bullied (mobbed) by a group of people rather than by one individual.
However, every group has a ringleader. If this ringleader is an extrovert it will be obvious who
is coercing group members into mobbing the selected target. If the ringleader is an introvert
type, he or she is likely to be in the background coercing and manipulating group members
into mobbing the selected target; introvert ringleaders are much more dangerous than
extrovert ringleaders.
In a mobbing situation, the ringleader incites supporters, cohorts, copycats and unenlightened,
inexperienced, immature or emotionally needy individuals with poor values to engage in
adversarial interaction with the selected target. The ringleader, or chief bully, gains
gratification from encouraging others to engage in adversarial interaction with the target. Many
people use the word "mobbing" to describe this pack attack by many on one individual. Once
mobbing is underway the chief bully foments the mobbing into mutually assured destruction,
from which the chief bully gains intense gratification - this is a feature of people with
psychopathic personality.
One aspect of psychopathic bullies is that they home in on Wannabe types - non-psychopathic
lesser bullies - and then empower these individuals to gain the positions of power and
authority they crave. Once installed, the Wannabe's lack of competence makes them
dependent on the chief psychopath, which means they become unwitting but willing compliant
puppets. They also make perfect corporate clones and drones. A characteristic of the Wannabe
is that as well as lacking all the competencies necessary for their position, they also lack the
intellect to understand the nature and manner of their compliant subservience.
Throughout the mobbing experience, the target is deceived into fighting, blaming and trying to
hold accountable the minor bullies of the mobbing group rather than the chief bully. The main
reason a psychopathic chief bully gets away with his (or her) behavior repeatedly is that noone wants to believe that s/he could be the monster s/he is. This is also the reason that many
pedophiles and wife beaters evade accountability and sanction for years, often decades. They
appear so charming and plausible to naive, unenlightened and inexperienced people - usually
those who haven't experienced bullying themselves. Psychopathic chief bullies are very likely
to have everyone in human resources and management in their pocket, who are then
manipulated into further mobbing, victimizing and persecuting the target.
The golden rule when tackling a mobbing situation is, I believe, to identify and focus
exclusively on the chief bully, and concentrate on holding this ringleader accountable. Expect
an immediate increase in mobbing activities, and a rapidly-expanding web of deceit to be
concocted against you. Alternatively, the best solution may be to make a positive decision to
leave and refuse to allow these people to continue to ruin your career, your health and your
life. In the unlikely event that the psychopathic chief leader is exposed and then leaves, the
dysfunction, aggression and negative feelings fostered by him or her are likely to linger for
years.