“Bully” at Work Might Have a High Conflict Personality
If you have had it with trying to reason or understand the unpredictable behavior of the person that’s driving you crazy at work, perhaps it is because you are assuming this person can be either reasonable or predictable.
If this “bully” seems to fly off the handle for no apparent reason, is mystifyingly combative, and is irrational and harsh…there is the possibility that this person might be a High Conflict Personality. It is more common than you think.
What is a a High Conflict Personality? This is a condition that drives people to argue, fight and be aggressive by nature. They might have a disorder such as narcissism, depression, or bi-polar disorder. Not all people with these conditions are high conflict. But some are. To read a more in-depth analysis of high conflict personalities, click here.
I’m Kathleen Bartle, a strategic consultant on workplace conflict to executives worldwide for more than 20 years. My work brings individualized solutions to your teams’ lost productivity, loss of key personnel, low morale, and the high costs resulting from bullying, abrasive behaviors and interpersonal workplace conflicts. You can contact me here.