Mind Games are for losers…..

by Lisa Donovan

I have never liked people who think that hazing or testing someone’s strength and character is a necessity to good performance.  I am speaking specifically about the workplace.  It happens in personal relationships too, but I have only experienced it at work.  I am, in fact, experiencing it right now. 

For some reason, my new boss has decided that putting me through complete turmoil and browbeating is her m.o. in her relationship with me.  Who knows, maybe she just doesn’t like me - but I get the feeling that she feels like she has to establish territory or dominance.  It seems very similar to a dog pissing on another dog to make sure it knows who’s in charge.  I might understand this whole thing if I had walked in with an massive ego or sense of over-confidence, but I don’t think I am capable of that type of air about myself (at least I hope not).  I am a hard worker, a fast learner and someone that takes criticism very well (i.e. I generally don’t take things personally and have a good sense about my faults).  So, I am at a crossing point where I am not sure if I should high tail it out of there or stick it out to see if it is, indeed, some weird hazing ritual that might be over soon.  Does anyone have any experience with this type of employer?  I have had your traditional, insecure boss who promanades about force feeding his authority over everyone, but NEVER anyone who has been this mean about it.  And, at any rate, she is not an inexperienced twit - she is really smart and very good at what she does (and, gets along very well with everyone else there - albeit they have all worked there for years).  It would give me great ease if I knew someone else has been through it and stuck it out to a happy ending.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at 9:13 am and is filed under Mental Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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