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7 Types of actions that mobber's use

The difference between mobbing behaviour and bullying behaviour can initially be confusing. But we should not get to distracted by the terms as the individual behaviours are basically the same. What is different is that rather than just one or a few people use this behaviours towards the target, everyone gangs up and joins in mobbing the target. Trawling through a list of example behaviours lead me to create the following seven categories of behaviour.
Bullying and mobbing behaviour can:
  • Interfere with self expression
  • Intimidate and frighten
  • Be physical attacks
  • Use putdowns or harass
  • Isolate or exclude from others
  • Discredit the target
  • Affect work tasks
  • Sabotage the targets work

When I am talking about work this does not limit it to the workplace. School students have work tasks and so do volunteers and sports coaches.

Here are some examples for each.

Interfere with self expression

Do not allow you to say or express what you have to say or continually interrupt when you are speaking.

Intimidate and frighten

Threatening or abusive phone calls, emails or notes, use aggressive tone or body language

Be physical attacks

Assault, sexually assault, damaging belongings or your car

Use putdowns or harassment

Direct insults, obscene or demeaning comments. Making sexual innuendoes or gestures, criticise your private life, publicly humiliate you, make fun of some physical defect or deformity or mimic the way you walk, your voice, your gestures to ridicule. Attack or make fun of your political convictions or religious beliefs, nationality, origin or place of origin.

Isolate or exclude from others

Ignore your presence, do not answer your questions, people leave while you are addressing or talking to them, everyone avoids you, assign you jobs that keeps you isolated from others and others are turned against you.


Gossip and whispering behind your back, false or unfounded rumours circulate, ridiculed, treated or suggestioned that you were mentally ill, criticising your efforts, achievements and successes without justification, hiding or overlooking your skills and special skills, exaggerate your faults and your mistakes, make false claims about you to get you into trouble.

Affecting work tasks

Assign you humiliating jobs or tasks, evaluate your work as inferior unjustly, assigning new jobs that have nothing to do with your position or expertise, tasks you are force to do are absurd or futile, assigned tasks well below your competency, continually overloaded with new and different tasks, force you to do harmful or dangerous work and overly restrict or control your schedule or work tasks

Sabotaging work

Claim credit for your work, manipulate your work tools like deleting files from your computer, hiding or move your belongings, documents and tools, do not pass messages or calls or mention they have been received, lose or forget your orders, give you wrong information

As you can see the example behaviours are wide ranging and basically the same as bullying behaviours.

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