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The word destabilisation can be applied to a wide variety of contexts such as attempts to undermine political, military or economic power. In a psychological context it is used as a technique in brainwashing and abuse to disorient and disarm the victim. For example, in the context of workplace bullying, destabilisation applied to the victim may involve:[1][2]

  • failure to acknowledge good work and value the victim's efforts
  • allocation of meaningless tasks
  • removal of areas of responsibility without consultation
  • repeated reminders of blunders
  • setting up to fail
  • shifting of goal posts without telling the victim
  • persistent attempts to demoralise the victim.

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  1. ^ Rayner, Charlotte; Hoel, Helge; Cooper, Cary L. (2001). Workplace Bullying: What We Know, Who Is to Blame and What Can We Do?. London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-24062-8. OCLC 80758449.
  2. ^ Peyton, Pauline Rennie (2003). Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment. New York: Brunner-Routledge. ISBN 978-1-58391-237-9. OCLC 52334801.

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