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October 19 program on workplace bullying: Who are the aggressors, and what can we do about them?

Minding the Workplace

For those in the Boston area, I’m delighted to announce “Workplace Bullying: Who are the Aggressors, and What Can We Do About Them?,” a program on Friday, October 19, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Room 295, in downtown Boston.

The New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School is the sponsor. Here’s the terrific lineup of speakers:

Featured Speaker

Dr. Ronald Schouten

  • Director, Law & Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Co-author, Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?

Distinguished Panel

Ericka Gray, Mediator and Founder, DisputEd

Paula Parnagian, Organizational Consultant and President, World View Services, Inc.

Gregory Sorozan, Union President, SEIU/NAGE Local 282

David Wilson, Employment Lawyer and Partner, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

Moderator

David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director…

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Do “almost psychopaths” help to explain the prevalence of workplace bullying and abuse?

Minding the Workplace

Is it possible that a category of individuals who can be called “almost psychopaths” are responsible for a lot of the most severe bullying and abuse in the workplace?

Ronald Schouten (M.D./J.D.), a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, and James Silver (J.D.), an attorney specializing in criminal law, have co-authored a fascinating new book, Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy? (2012). It’s part of the Harvard Medical School’s “The Almost Effect” series, which explores the gray areas between normal health and severe, clinically-diagnosed medical conditions.

The authors describe psychopathy as a “major abnormality” marked by a lack of empathy and behaviors that are “inappropriately deceitful, aggressive, and indifferent to the rights or feelings of others.” These behaviors are “the norm, not the exception.”

Schouten and Silver have dealt with genuine psychopaths in their professional practices, but there’s another type of individual…

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