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"The deepening recession is exacting punishment for a psychological vice that masquerades as virtue for many working people: the unmitigated identification of self with occupation, accomplishment and professional status. This tendency can induce outright panic as more and more people fear loss of employment."
Maybe it's because a job title can serve as social shorthand, revealing clues about your income bracket, skill sets, proclivities, whether you're artistic, scientific, or a numbers person. But unless you're passionate about your job, why should you necessarily define yourself by it? My title is Producer. Producer of what? News and Commentary. Well, ok. I am indeed lucky to have a job that I enjoy (or in this climate, have a job period), but to be honest, "Producer" doesn't much match how I see myself. It sounds so mechanical, prosaic, and, I don't know, practical. Would I feel better matched to the title "Provocateur"? "Pimpstress"? "Pachyderm"? Whatever. A person cannot be distilled into one descriptor. Likewise, you are more than the sum of unemployed parts. Have a great weekend!
--Posted by Linda Petock, Vault News & Commentary
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