Certain types of women at work who play emotional and tormenting games are responsible for high levels of stress and sickness among their female colleagues, a new study has found.
Meredith Fuller, author of new book and a psychologist for more than 30 years, said that her clients commonly complained about other women in the workforce who used schoolyard-style bullying and exclusion tactics to get their way at work. According to the author, there are eight types of such women.
She sees other women as oxygen thieves if there is no personal gain from communicating with them. She can pretend you don’t exist and fail to pass on important information. Don’t chase after her.
She micromanages everyone, trusts no one, and thinks that no one knows better than she does. She needs regular updates to allay her fears, so keep her updated before she chases you.
She is a two-faced game-player who should never be trusted. She’ll suck up to you and be your best friend one minute, then gossip about you the next. Keep your distance figuratively and literally.
She is a self-serving ego-centric mean girl who expects everyone to admire her. She doesn’t care about the good of the company, only about looking good, and expects you to feed her ego. Don’t expect much, if anything.
She cries for attention, yells to intimidate, screams to insult, and then yells some more for good measure. There is no point trying to outscream her — she has more practice. Humour may defuse the situation. Keep your distance.
She has mastered the art of excuses, quick fibs, and charming manipulations. Never trust them. Never be alone with them — they will twist whatever is said or done. They like the game, and usually escalate it.
She lacks knowledge, work ethic, and awareness. She makes you do the work for her or takes credit for your work in order to make herself look good. Her arrogance may be defensiveness or she simply may not know what she doesn’t know.
She may have an unfortunate or disagreeable manner, but is just trying to do her job. Don’t project your laziness, tardiness, onto her. Learn from her.