Married To Your Job?

Published Tuesday, February 15, 2011 5:58 PM

Do you spend the weekends pining for Monday? For most people the answer is a resounding no, but for many, the answer may be a surprising yes.

Work is inextricably linked to identify and self-esteem. We feel good when we're productive and on top-of-our game. But the 24/7 connectivity that technology offers, provides the opportunity to "produce" or work virtually non-stop. Technology alone isn't to blame. Workers have been burning the midnight oil, since, well, since oil, not fluorescent bulbs, illuminated workspaces.

When a person has so much of their identity tied up in work, putting down the Blackberry can feel like withdrawal. We like three pieces that examine the "married to your job" phenomenon.

For a Q & A format that examines topics such as the differences between hard work and workaholism and the different personality types that are prone to workaholism, check out The New York Times "Job Market" When Hard Work Becomes Overwork. 

Many die-hard-workers clock long hours not because they don't have another life, but because work is their passion. But what happens when a job becomes the third partner in a marriage? The effects of work on marriages receives thoughtful examination in Are You Married to Your Work or to Your Spouse? 

NPR assembles a wonderful panel including a clinical psychologist and the author of the wryly named book, "The Man Who Mistook his Job for a Life: A Chronic Overachiever Finds the Way Home." Listen in for a spirited discussion. 

Are you or your spouse married to your job? How do you prioritize work and your personal life? Share your thoughts here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.

by Bradley Eggers


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