Controlling and manipulative

May 30, 2007, 7:48 PM UTC

A reader in Maryland writes:

My boss is definitely a bully. He is so controlling and manipulative, I seriously doubted I could work with him. Things began to build up until he pushed me too far, then I stormed in his office, closed the door, and told him off. He was angry, then shocked. He acted like his behavior was the result of my not “working efficiently”. I later found out that a lot of previous employees had left because of him, and he was considered “difficult to work with”. Since he had a well-known reputation as being difficult, he apparently was afraid to have it proven by my leaving 2 months after starting working for him. He backed off and left me alone, but occasionally he raises up like he is going to strike. Either I strike first, or take off for a few days to let him cool off. When I return, he basically avoids me. So now we have a “working” relationship, and I no longer leave work with a headache.

What do you think? Is this boss crazy?