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ZeroTrousers3D t1_izwtwlx wrote

I'd argue that the value society places on work is a large factor too.

Society doesn't see people as valuable unless they work, produce, or are obscenely rich. Take away someone's self worth *and* their money?


earf123 t1_izwxnkf wrote

I was going to comment the same thing.

I was unemployed a couple times and had to do a lot of self reflection and reevaluating my self worth as someone brought up in the US. I was lucky and had a good support network around me, a good degree, and enough money to get by but it still took some soul searching and work to feel not ashamed and to allow myself to feel like I'm still allowed to be happy.


cosmotosed t1_izzfi99 wrote

Im not unemployed now but my profession tends to work me until ive solved/automated most problems and put myself out of a job, at least at most small to medium manufacturers the pattern has become clear…

Been trying to get in with the bigger corporations for close to a decade now with maximum 1 interview per year if I’m super lucky and get thru the bots to the hiring manager. 5/6 times Ive been rejected with high merits because they decide to go internal promotion

i love my job and the people i tend to work with but im starting to wonder IS THIS HAPPINESS??


CoomassieBlue t1_izzcuvc wrote

I totally agree. I work in science and after so many years of specialized schooling and chipping away slowly at tiny aspects of big problems - for myself and many others, it’s not just a job, it’s a huge part of your identity.

I took about 18 months off late 2018-early 2020 due to significant health issues that made existence a challenge let alone working. I still felt guilty to not be contributing financially to my marriage, and uneasy about the loss of that aspect of my identity. I’m once again newly unemployed as of last week due to moving XC for my spouse’s job, and it’s amazing how fast I’ve gotten into a funk about it.