Handling Job Loss When Your Career Was Your Identity

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Altagracia Andre LMFT

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Are we workaholics?

Is America in particular plagued with feelings of “My work is who I am?” Perhaps. As recently as the 1960s, it was uncommon for a mother to work, and now 70 percent of mothers of children under the age of 18 go to work. America is also one of the few countries that doesn’t have any laws stating a maximum number of hours one can work in a week and the majority of workers put in more than 40 hours a week. So when jobs went away during the pandemic, daily life changed drastically for many Americans.

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