In this article I introduce a new construct, Institutional Cowardice, which expands on Jennifer Freyd’s constructs of Institutional Betrayal and Institutional Courage. In it, I discuss the ways in which cowardice, and the fear of being ostracized and marginalized within an organization that is engaging in Institutional Betrayal, enables the betrayal while allowing the coward to hind behind the theme of simply following rules. I propose strategies for increasing Institutional Courage.
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Brown, L.S. (2020). Institutional Cowardice: A powerful, often invisible, manifestation of Institutional Betrayal. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 22, 1-8.