What does MOBBING mean

On March 29, the Art Talkers discussed the problem of mobbing in the second part of the meeting. Olga Pogoryelova presented her “Discussion Leader” ATM project with the topic “How to avoid mobbing?”. The word “mobbing” is a new one for a Ukrainian society, but this word means a social phenomenon, which is as old as the human civilization. The term “mobbing” was proposed in 1980s by Heinz Leymann, a German psychologist working in Sweden, to define “an impassioned, collective campaign by co-workers to exclude, punish, and humiliate a targeted worker.” In other words, mobbing is a strong emotional and psychologic attack against a person by his colleagues at a workplace, the main purpose of mobbing is to force this person to quit the job. Psychologists differ so-called “horizontal mobbing”, i.e., mobbing organized by employees, and “vertical mobbing” or “bossing” organized by a chief or boss against a single person. In fact, mobbing can take place not only at a workplace, but in any social group, e.g., even in a kindergarten. According to psychologists’ researches, the problem of mobbing is very serious, it can cause serious psychologic disorders and can even lead to suicide. Five members helped Olga to present her project, namely, Elizaveta Korotchenko, Iryna Zhurakovska, Harryansah Khairul, Sergey Plyasov, and Sergey Obukhov. They served as actors and presented ten minutes performance to illustrate how mobbing can happen in reality. Though it was an improvised performance, the actors played their roles professionally and naturally, and their acting was very close to reality. After the performance, there was a discussion concerning reasons causing mobbing and possible ways to fight mobbing.

Olga Pogorelova, Art-Talkers TM Club

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