Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Abusive Boss Similar to Bad Spouse

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Abusive Boss Similar to Bad Spouse

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Question: The verbal abuse that I receive from my boss has been escalating for several years. About once a week, he begins shouting, cursing and banging on my desk. He starts criticizing my work, then brings up issues from my personal life.

Every time this happens, he eventually calms down and wants to work things out. We always reach an agreement about how he is going to change, but before long he blows up again. His erratic behavior is beginning to affect my performance, which only makes the situation worse.

I have tried to resign for the past three years, but he always talks me out of it. He owns the business, so there is no one else who can help. I am feeling very depressed and don't see how I can endure this much longer.

Answer: Has it occurred to you that this relationship is exactly like an abusive marriage? Your boss bullies you, you threaten to leave, he promises to change, you agree to stay, then he bullies you again. …

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