Inspiration from the Couch
EP 51: You are not Your Job
May 26, 2022
Avery Hoenig, PhD, Jamie Wilson, PhD, and Lucy Smith, PhD
In this episode, Jamie, Avery, and Lucy talk about work. We briefly discuss the impact of The Great Resignation on the world of work, share some of our early work histories and what moved us into the world of psychology, and what a “work identity” is. We then talk about the drawbacks of shaping one’s entire identity around career and offer self-reflection questions to help determine whether one is “enmeshed” with career, We also share tips on how to disentangle your self-worth from what you do for work.
Do Try This At Home:
- Fund your time – give yourself permission to free up time by relying more on others
- Be intentional about your time – set boundaries around work so that you can invest in other activities.
- Revamp how you describe what you do to disentangle what you do from who you are. (e.g., I educate youth vs. I’m a teacher; I help others make changes and find meaning in their lives vs. I’m a psychologist).