Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Narcissistic Personality Disorder and bullying

People who bully others have similar behaviours to people diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorders - they have
"difficulty recognizing the needs and feelings of others, and are dismissive, contemptuous and impatient when others share or discuss their concerns or problems. They are also oblivious to the hurtfulness of their behaviour or remarks, show an emotional coldness and a lack of reciprocal interest".

The DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder are:
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, lack of empathy, as indicated by at least five of:
1. a grandiose sense of self-importance
2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. believes that he or she is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4. requires excessive admiration
5. has a sense of entitlement, ie unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
6. is interpersonally exploitative, ie takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7. lacks empathy and is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
8. is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes.
The survey of 195 individuals who described their bullying at the University of Newcastle have described similar behaviour from the staff that bullied them, especially those in higher levels of management at the University - the sense of self-importance, sense of entitlement, lacking empathy and unwilling to recognise the feelings and needs of others.  Lower levels of management can rely on the higher levels of management to destroy anyone who questions their grandiose sense of self-importance and entitlement so that the status quo can be preserved.  Anyone (whistleblowers) questioning their superiority is removed, gagged and silenced.


  1. What happens when the bully is more than a narcissist….when they are actually a psychopath. I remember an anti-bullying rally in 2013 that this group was involved in. A man turned up lighting fires and throwing petrol around. For the outsider the event was put down as an attempt at self-harm, but those that know the true situation know he is an abusive bully of a man. He pre-meditated his attack at the rally and the police had been informed. The UoN used it as propaganda against the anti-bullying group, even though this man had nothing to do with the group, had planned an attack against a specific person in the group, and when that person was not there (they had been moved to another location because of his threats), he splashed petrol on his daughter and flickered a lighter at her. The absolutely amazing thing is this person has a legal claim against the University of Newcastle for BULLYING!!! So there is evidence he is a fraud, evidence from a highly respected medical specialist that he “makes up his symptoms”, video surveillance that proves beyond a doubt that he lied about his depression caused from the bullying, and documents collected by freedom of information that shows he lied to Work Cover about the event that triggered his condition. He is also a psychopath who was willing to sacrifice his own daughter to get what he felt he deserved. Is the UoN going to pay him …….. I guess so. Why, because the UoN doesn’t care about truth, they just do anything they can to hide “bad” press. Maybe the UoN should do the right thing. Look at the evidence and have him charged as a fraud. I know the person who has this evidence and they can make it public (even at the risk of being charged) to finally set the record straight.

  2. Never, but never, be a bystander
    Kim Kirsner (ex University of Western Australia) has published this article on the web site run by the journal Issues of Concern for Justice & Society. The article can be downloaded from the following address


    Bullying and predation pose challenging problems for universities and the broader community in Australia and elsewhere. One of the most vexing problems facing the management of bullying and predation stems from the potential nexus between the university and the line managers appointed by the university. The following analysis revealed a weak point in the detection and recording of bullying, and it involves the absence of an independent mechanism or entity designed specifically to record and review bullying and predation reports across cases, targets, schools and universities. A critical issue concerns the absence of independence between the reporting and management procedures available to whistleblowers and the victims and targets of bullying on the one hand, and the management procedures available to those charged with bullying on the other. It is proposed that the Commonwealth create an agency designed specifically to protect whistleblowers and the victims of bullying, and to achieve these objectives by creating a national review body to record and, when necessary, report on bullying and predation incidents, across cases, targets, schools, campuses, universities and states.

  3. Your post explains very thorough where the bullies character develop started. This narcissistic personality is very dangerous. It can hurt you and destroy your self-esteem and make you feel low. Let's be aware of the people who has tendency of this kind of personalities. Is this curable?

    1. They cannot be cured as they

      a) are not fully aware of their behaviour and lack the necessary social cognition and empathy to make any real change in behaviour.

      b) They live to manipulate and destroy. Asking a psychopath / sociopath to mend their ways is like asking a dolphin to walk on dry land.

    2. They are low life, basically