There’s nothing better than spending a rainy Sunday arvo pondering why your case manager is evil, and/or why you are being bullied at work…We can’t help but think that so many of the nasty case managers and employers that do a great deal of damage are probably narcissists. In a great article, sourced by our wonderful supporter and contributor John McPhilbin, this personality defect is summed up wonderfully well. Another anonymous injured worker also shares a very enlightening paper describing bullying in nursing as an organised crime rather than differences or personality clashes…
Workcover case managers who do a great deal of damage to injured workers are probably narcissists
In ancient Greek mythology, a hunter named Narcissus was famous for his handsome looks. And he knew it. Infatuated with himself and derisory towards others, he rejected all those who yearned for his attention. One day, upon seeing his own reflection in a pond, Narcissus fell in love. Happy just to stare all day at the beautiful image in the water, he soon forgot to eat and drink, and eventually died. But his name lives on … in the form of the workplace narcissist…and probably the nasty workcover case manager!
It can be your boss, a colleague, or an employee, and… yes, it can be your nasty workcover case manager.
But since many narcissists use their charisma to fulfil their obsession for career success, they’re usually found in the upper echelons of the corporate hierarchy.
Often caused by childhood trauma that resulted in diminished self-esteem, the narcissist makes up for it by being ruthless as an adult.
Professor Keith Campbell, from the University of Georgia, is the author of The Narcissism Epidemic. He told me the main difference between narcissism in bosses compared with narcissism in colleagues is the issue of power.
“In both cases, I would suggest maintaining the best boundaries you can,” he says. “Do not be overly trusting, keep records of interactions, temper your feedback so that the narcissist does not get overly reactive – and find better co-workers at the soonest opportunity. However, this advice is especially relevant with the narcissistic boss.”
But they rarely stay undercover for long. In a study of over 100 CEOs conducted a few years ago, researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that narcissistic bosses were more likely to engage in risky strategies. Why? Because of their need for visibility. After all, the more daring their vision and strategy, the higher their chances for attention. They desperately want to be noticed – not necessarily adored, but noticed.
You might be that narcissistic CEO. Dr David Thomas, author of Narcissism: Behind the Mask, reckons narcissistic leaders are responsible for the global financial crisis.
If you’re one of them, can you be cured?
Dr Thomas’s research indicates it can’t be done via feel-good seminars and workshops. Other academics posit that therapy is the answer, while some insist there’s no cure at all. A narcissist, they say, is probably a narcissist for life. But, really, if you were a narcissist, you wouldn’t care. That’s the whole point.
This, guys, implies that you evil case manager is -yes – SICK!
In the meantime, the workplace suffers. An analysis by Florida State University concluded, unsurprisingly, that workplaces with narcissistic people have lower levels of job satisfaction and productivity, and greater amounts of stress.
Approximately one per cent of the population can be diagnosed with narcissism, and here’s the curious thing: it’s more prevalent in men than in women. But women are catching up. Psychology professors Jean Twenge and Josh Foster have calculated that growth in narcissism since 2002 has been stronger among the girls than the guys.
Now, now, injured workers, don’t go “all soft” on us please, don’t feel sorry for your abusive, evil case manager because she may/has been abused or suffered some childhood trauma, he… Perhaps use this information wisely… and ask your case manager “I am not sure why you behave the way you do, but research clearly shows that people with tendencies and traits like yours have likely suffered neglect or abuse in childhood…Did you? Is there something I can help you with overcoming this “trauma”…” [Gggrrrraaaaw!]
Fact is many people have suffered some form of childhood trauma and do not “turn out” nasty!Let’s just call it karma!
Also, John McPhilbin has put forward a research proposal as one of his assignment based on the hypothesis that many people who suffered from early insecure attachments end up being most prone to becoming bullies. He believes this would be research worth pursuing in the future, and so do we!
Bullying of nurses in public hospitals
Another anonymous injured worker has been doing some research on an assignment for her own studies. She came across this very interesting research paper and felt it needed to be shared [Thank you for sharing T ]
After reading this article the injured worker wondered whether this was the hospital where she works. I wondered exactly the same, for I too used to work in a large public hospital and I too have been bullied to verge of suicide during my last attempt to return to work.
“Although it doesn’t directly speak about Workcover victims, collaboration, sabotage and lying have been common place in my return to work program“, says the injured worker.
“Sadly other nurses on Workcover have experienced the same harassment or worse. This article is the closest reflection of what nursing is like like Australian public hospitals. A long way from the good intentions of Florence Nightingale”
“Workcover recipients are either victims of corruption or discriminated through their return to work programs“.
“They describe the networks and collaboration as a cult structure. That hits the nail firmly on the head.”
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Thank you both, John and T for your fabulous contributions, much appreciated!