Some workplace aggressors are expert at turning tables against their targets, claiming victimhood even as they continue to abuse. Here is a collection of past articles discussing these tactics, the underlying organizational dynamics, and possible responses.
Workplace bullies claim victim status: Avoiding the judo flip (2013) (link here) — One of the most popular posts on this blog, suggesting ways to prevent bullies from claiming victimhood.
Workplace bullying, DARVO, and aggressors claiming victim status (2019) (link here) — Applying Dr. Jennifer Freyd’s pathbreaking work on DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender) to workplace bullying.
The bullied and the button pushers (2014) (link here) — Button pushers are experts at triggering targets to lash out, followed by their claims of victimization.
When superficial civility supports workplace abusers (and their enablers) (2014) (link here) — Expert button pushers can use organizational embraces of superficial civility to accuse targets of unfair criticism.
Workplace bullying as crazy making abuse (2014) (link here) — A quick summary of tactics associated with table turning.