Introduction to the concept of mobbing

Introduction to the concept of mobbing

"Through their national work environmental acts Sweden, Finland and Norway support the rights of workers to remain both physically and mentally healthy at work. Yet, in recent years, a workplace-related psychosocial problem has been discovered, the existence and extent of which was not known earlier.

This phenomenon has been referred to as "mobbing", "ganging up on someone", "bullying" or "psychological terror". In this type of conflict, the victim is subjected to a systematic, stigmatizing process and encroachment of his or her civil rights. If it lasts a number of years, it may ultimately lead to ejection from the labor market when the individual in question is unable to find employment due to mental injury sustained at the former work place.

I introduced this phenomenon in 1984. It certainly is a very old one, well known in every culture from the very beginning of these cultures. Nevertheless, it has not been systematically described until the research started in 1982 which led to a small scientific report written in the fall of 1983 and published in early 1984 at The National Board of Occupational Safety and Health in Stockholm, Sweden

(Leymann & Gustavsson, 1984)"

quinta-feira, 22 de março de 2012


"O caminho da vida pode ser o da liberdade e da beleza, porém, desviamo-nos dele.

A cobiça envenenou a alma dos homens, levantou no mundo as muralhas do ódio e te-nos feito marchar a passo de ganso para a miséria e os morticínios.

Criamos a época da produção veloz, mas nos sentimos enclausurados dentro dela.

A máquina, que produz em grande escala, tem provocado a escassez.

Os nossos conhecimentos fizeram-nos cépticos; nossa inteligência, empedernidos e cruéis.

Pensamos em demasia e sentimos bem pouco.

Mais do que máquinas, precisamos de humanidade; mais do que de inteligência, precisamos de afeição e doçura!

Sem essas virtudes, a vida será de violência e tudo estará perdido"

Charles Chaplin, em discurso proferido no final do filme O grande ditador