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Labor Day 2023: Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. workers report workplace toxicity in APA study

On this Labor Day 2023, let’s focus on a recently-released survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), reporting that some 19% of respondents labeled their workplace as being “very or somewhat toxic.”  The 2023 release of the APA’s annual Work in America Survey (link here) shows that many U.S. workers are not happy with the culture […]

GoFundMe has become our privatized, online form of public assistance

In this awful summer of climate and weather extremes, the wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui have been especially heartbreaking to me. Hardest hit was Lahaina, the historic whaling town and popular tourist site, which now stands virtually destroyed. As summarized by the Washington Post: The wildfires that swept through parts of Maui last […]

Long-term UIC study: Chronic workplace bullying can negatively impact targets for years; laws and policies needed

An important new research study (go here for pdf) coming out of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) finds that, among other things, targets of chronic workplace bullying may face higher levels of psychological distress and alcohol misuse for years after exposure to the abusive behaviors. This “is the first study to examine the effects […]

Trolls at work: Bullying, button-pushing, and provoking

Have you ever dealt with someone at work who behaves like some of the most annoying, high-conflict people you’ve encountered in social media settings? I had a clarifying moment the other day. While reading a recent Framelab newsletter piece by Dr. George Lakoff, the brilliant linguistics professor and political analyst, about the futility of arguing with […]

Judith Herman’s “Truth and Repair,” Part 3: Applications to therapeutic jurisprudence

In this, my third look at Dr. Judith Herman’s important new examination of psychological trauma, Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice (2023), I would like to connect the theme of trauma and justice to therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), a multidisciplinary school of theory and practice that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of law, legal […]

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David Yamada commented on Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor)'s blog post An inside and transparent look into the economics and values of City Feed and Supply
"I hope it's not too late to jump in on this thread, because I've been thinking a lot about role of City Feed in the JP community since the Whole Foods news broke.   Let me acknowledge up front that I'm a big fan of City Feed. But…"
Feb 10, 2011
David Yamada replied to Tiffanie Starr's discussion Gun shots on Spring Park 1:14 and 1:16am? in the group Central Jamaica Plain
"I live on Chestnut Ave -- I was up late and heard some sharp noises -- sounded more like firecrackers than gunshots, though I confess I'm more familiar with the sound of the former than the latter."
Jul 9, 2010
David Yamada replied to Eric's discussion Wet basement? in the group Central Jamaica Plain
"Update from my earlier post from Chestnut Ave: In all, we've had about 3.5 inches so far. Our pump was broken and we emptied by hand on Sun night (as my back can attest). We were able to borrow a pump this afternoon, and never have I been so…"
Mar 15, 2010
David Yamada replied to Eric's discussion Wet basement? in the group Central Jamaica Plain
"Yes on Chestnut Ave. Our triple-decker condo basement has a little less than an inch this a.m., after we emptied out about half that amount last night. Real drag...."
Mar 15, 2010

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New Workplace Institute

I'm a law professor at Suffolk University Law School, where I teach and write primarily in the field of employment & labor law. My particular focus is workplace bullying -- repeated, malicious mistreatment of workers by verbal and non-verbal means. I've started the New Workplace Institute, a research and education center devoted to promoting healthy, productive, and socially responsible workplaces. Please visit the Institute blog, Minding the Workplace ( for regular posts about workplace bullying, psychological health at work, workers' rights, the economy, and related topics.

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At 6:53pm on April 10, 2011, Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) said…
Thanks for joining the Mayors group, and as always, great to see you!
At 11:32pm on May 7, 2009, Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) said…
Hey David - your blog looks really great. Consider syndicating your RSS feed on your pofile. Simple ad - feed:// to you the RSS feed reader already built in. Let me know if you have any questions.
At 7:37pm on February 26, 2009, Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) said…
Woohoo! Thanks for creating a profile here David!

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