The harming effects of workplace bullying can go further than mere embarrassment. A target may become psychologically injured after long-term abuse.
Some psychologists believe that a different term, Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), should be used to identify trauma that is repeated or long-term. Bullying targets may show symptoms that are similar to PTSD and/or C-PTSD. For this reason, researchers of workplace bullying believe that bullying should be considered an example of captivity.
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Read more about what workplace bullying is at the Workplace Bullying Institute.