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posted: 2/4/2013 5:00 AM

Bullying requires immediate response

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I am a clinical psychologist practicing in the Arlington Heights area. Dr. Anthony Komaroff's recent column in the Daily Herald's Jan. 28 edition, "What to do when your boss is the bully," was disappointing. Real bullying and an affront to one's person must be handled with reason, calmness and clarity of thought so as to not ignite the situation further. But "considering one response after several incidents" only serves to reinforce the bully's behavior and puts you in the position of repeatedly being verbally battered or worse. There you are waiting for a "pattern" to emerge and getting more angry as the insults continue.

The first real incident requires an intelligent response even if you have to take some moments to gather your person and find your self respect. You won't lose your job, you'll keep your integrity.

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I know you are a fine physician and I enjoy and benefit from your column, but in this instance I must differ.

Dr. Larry Joel Powitz

Arlington Heights

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