Predators in the Workplace:
How to Recognize Them and Protect Yourself
by Susan Edwards, Ph.D.
To be published Spring, 2008. To order books or seminars:
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How to Recognize Them and Protect Yourself

Workplace predators can look like normal employees but are not. They have an amoral ruthlessness they deny until it is used against another employee. Their victims may leave the company, become ill, die, and/or sue. The cost associated with workplace predators is high and they are best identified by their behavioral profile which is independent of face, creed, gender, or age.

Predatory people are dangerous to business. They bankrupt companies, steal trust and travel the Enron road funded by other people's money. The most dangerous ones cloak their true nature.

Psychological predators hide in the worlds of business, finance, government, charity, education, and the Internet. They supervise computer systems housing confidential data and direct global trade networks brokering billions. Their actions in one part of the world affect entire populations in another. Their power is based on deception.

These predators in the work world appear like sheep but are not. They are essentially workplace carnivores who frequent the boardroom as well as the lunchroom, feeding on what is good and healthy in business, leaving a trail of fiscal and career carcasses as they go.

Directly or indirectly responsible for the heart attacks and broken hearts of others, they disguise their intent. On the outside, they appear like everyone else --compassionate for the victim -- and may even organize the flower fund. The real picture is something very different.

Deceptive people hide in ways that are recognizable and predictable. While everyday workers might call such employees ‘bad news’, psychologists like me would label them sociopathic personalities with a narcissistic overlay.

This book shows you how to spot them before they strike. It provides a psychological template - a blueprint, illustrated with behavior - written so anyone with a high school education can understand it. It is an informational survival guide for today's working adult.

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