How your identity changes depending on your workplace?



We all know that it’s impossible to work in a certain domain, on a certain position, without them affecting your personality. But, although we know these things, a small number of us try to become conscious about the ways our jobs shape our psyche.
Here are a few guidelines that can show you some directions for the interpretation of these effects that we are talking about:
1. Patience vs. impatience: does your workplace train you to prioritize your tasks instinctively and spontaneously by putting on the first place those task that are for now, without thinking too much? Or are you in the situation when the results don’t come rapidly, always waiting them?
2. Suspicion vs. trust: are you on the side where you need to be hidden, to have strong limits with the others? Do you always have an eye on your things and you need maximum protection (ex: journalist, policeman)? Or, in general, your professional relationships are based on mutual trust (ex: psychotherapist, trainer)?
3. Speculative vs. concrete: do you always have to focus on deep things, that other people can’t reach with their own minds (ex: researcher, poets)? Or do you work on the practical side, with physical things, repairing things and focusing on their quality?
4. Optimistic vs. pessimist: do you often find positive purposes, hope for humanity through your job, or are you one of those people who deal with the negative sides of humanity?
5. Fragile dignity vs. solid status: are you a person that works in an unsafe environment for your financial life and dignity, or do you have a sure position in society and you are sure about your money? For example, an artist that puts his soul into his art can get a lot of appraisals or can be ignored and his standard of living depends on it. But a person that has a stable workplace can get a lot more of constancy.
Of course, we have a lot of biases about how a person in her personal life is, depending on her professional life. We tend to think that a mathematician could never make art, a psychologist is the one that always analyses the people around him, an athlete doesn’t have his moments when he is not in the mood for sports. But, for every domain and for every workplace, you need to have some qualities for following that path. And these qualities and traits change through experience, together with other already existent traits.
So, maybe a policeman has the tendency to be hypervigilant for preventing any incident that could happen. A physician could pay a lot of attention on his health, a lawyer could increase his judgement sense and the list can continue.
It is important to pay attention at how your workplace changes you and how your professional life interferes with your personal life, so you can find a healthy balance and you can enjoy every part of your life, by getting them together harmoniously.

Author: Violeta Gudana


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