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THE SWEAT OF THE BROW OR THE BREAKING OF THE HEART?

ByThérèse O’Donnell

In the last decade, bullying in its many forms has been recognised as a phenomenon which requires tackling and eradication wherever it occurs, be it in schools, old peoples’ homes or the workplace. Critics have challenged the recognition of bullying as merely a fashionable ‘nervous’ 1990s desire by individuals to take on the status of ‘victim’.2 The evidence of complainants who do not report victimisation for fear of stigmatisation challenges this notion.3 As Frank Davies, of the Health and Safety Commission, noted, ‘some organisations seem to be taking the view that stress is not their problem but an individual’s’.4