It’s a given that looking for work in any economy, much less a recessionary one, is extremely stressful. Psychologists cite rank job search on par with going through a divorce or losing a loved one to death in terms of the fear the process generates.
As I look back over my life, I can see many instances where fear controlled my life. At those times, however, I used every method I could to not deal with this powerful emotion: distraction, denial, suppression, and projection. I felt my fear was stronger than my capacity to deal with it. There was also a shame associated with my fear; I was somehow less than a man because I felt the fear. I did not recognize it as an emotion common to all of us in some form or another.
It was only after many years of therapy and spiritual practice that I learned I could face my fears, accept them, see through them, and finally realize I need not be overwhelmed, but could truly act in my best interests in the presence of fear.
How is it with you? Are you a prisoner of your fears? How have you overcome your fears? I welcome your thoughts. Let me hear from you?