Feb 11, 2009

Identity issues in recession



The Wall Street Journal reports

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.
But the science behind cognitive behavioral therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to change self-destructive thinking and behavior, suggests that that work can bring long-lasting rewards.

Maybe we all should start looking at the other identities that we have apart from our work identities. Identity as family members, larger members of the community, hobby groups, friends.