Sticks and Stones: Surviving the Office Bully

Last Updated Aug 20, 2007 6:15 PM EDT

If you can't escape the office bully, a recent Wall Street Journal article offers some ways to cope, courtesy of Robert Sutton, author of book-of-the-moment The No Asshole Rule. The article includes some practical, real-world advice, such as, "Don't blame yourself."
Instead, Sutton recommends reminding yourself that you are a good person trapped in a bad situation. As he writes, "Research on 'learned optimism' shows that when people view difficulties as temporary and not their fault...[it] protects their mental and physical health."
If you're experiencing bullying at work, you're not alone. The article cites a study that says that 44 percent of American workers have suffered abuse at the office.