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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


What exactly would be the healthy response to this?

Your boss pulls you aside and informs you that the big boss all of a sudden loathes you - everything about you is horrible - how you act, how you write - how you talk - it's all bad. Basically, he wants to fire you (despite the fact that less than 2 months ago, he gave you a mid-year raise, which is unheard of - esp one over 10% and also despite the fact that just 2 months ago he told you he wished every person in the department was more like you).

Now, suddenly, he wants you out. He wants you to be fired, and cannot tolerate your existence any more. You are told to lay low and to not interact with him for a month or so - when all of this will "blow over." Oh, and if you tell anyone about this, he will find out and you will be fired.

I was told today that getting anxious and concerned was "not a healthy response." Honestly, I think the only healthy response is to say, "f*&# it!" and get a job at starbucks. But let's say you've been applying for other jobs to no avail and need this job to survive, what's the healthy response then?

I'll tell you one thing, deciding not to work 10-14 hour days and not to work 7 days a week anymore is likely a healthier response. Let's see if I can stop panicking enough to not feel like I have to kill myself to get things done in order to not get canned.



At 10:36 PM, Blogger ~profgrrrrl~ said...

My first thought was to wonder if boss has a hidden political agenda here in trying to make you fear big boss?

Anyway, hope it gets better.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Propter Doc said...

Anger, confusion, bewilderment, what the f*&k seem pretty healthy responses. But your idea at the bottom about not panicking and keeping more reasonable hours definately sounds like an adult response. Its just a shame you're not working for reasonable adults. I hope things get better but am angry for you.

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Lucy said...

I was wondering if your boss was making it up to scare you, too.

And I think working more reasonable hours is a good idea.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger k8 said...

I wonder about whether this is the truth, too. Does the big boss have a history of violently disliking people all of a sudden? Does your boss have an ulterior motive? It sounds kind of sketchy.

I agree with the others - working more human hours sounds good, regardless.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

I have no doubts that what was reported to me is correct. He turns on a dime and can convince himself he has *always* felt that way about someone.

I'll say it's hard to hide out from someone whose office is right next to yours. It's also really hard to not cry all the time when you can hear him in said office complaining about you (I hear a lot of "blah blah blah Shrinky blah blah blah").

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Anastasia said...

seriously wtf?? that is fricking insane and I wish you didn't have to work there. and screw anyone who tells you anxiety isn't normal and healthy at a time like this.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Lina said...

Is your boss a nine year old boy?
Seriously, what a horrible situation, I'd be freaked out, what way are you supposed to react?! You'd be brain dead if you were chilled out about it.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Seeking Solace said...

Sounds like your boss has serious issues. And who are these idiots who say that anxiety under these conditions is not healthy???

You don't deserve this. Anything would be better than this.


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