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Why do we let work shape our characters?

Asked by TROLL (378points) May 19th, 2009

We spend more and more time at work these days and i was wondering if the work personality would dominiate your natural personality due to working such long hours.

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MrGV's avatar

I work around 40+ hours a week so far my natural personality is the same in and out of work.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think work has helped me function better in my non-work life – I am focused at work and later after work, when I parent – I feel productive and organized, much better than when I parented all day

Tobotron's avatar

Some people will of course…I like to think that I have my personality shape my work

Clair's avatar

I also let my personality shape my work. As a matter of fact, i was recently disturbed by this very subject. Me and my sister have always said that we were goin to get a tattoo together. Well we are both gettin anxious for our next one so we agreef on getting a day of the dead skull. Im thinkin im gin to get mine on my forearm and i mention it to her and she flip out and says how she cant do that cuz she plans on being a teacher. Keep in mind she hasnt even been enrolled. Then she goes on to say that her bf doesnt like it and shes not gettin it. I was disappointed to say the least; my sister an i have always been really close.

spresto's avatar

I am the same at work as I am at home. I don’t think it is right to lie about who I am. If my employers don’t like it they will deal with it accordingly. If my family and friends don’t like it they will deal with it accordingly. I am who I am.

hearkat's avatar

Keep in mind that we also tend to choose careers that are suited to our personality… so which came first?

Jeruba's avatar

It’s appropriate to experience some growth of character as you assume responsibility and take leadership roles and so on—things that typically come over time in a work situation. This is a different matter from changing your personality. There’s no reason to do that unless you have some personality flaws that you are trying to overcome.

But it is also normal for us to conduct ourselves differently in our various roles. Our essential selves do not change at all, but the way we manifest relationships, sense of humor, response to authority, etc., may very well be different just because we know how to behave under different circumstances, something we should have started learning very young.

spresto's avatar

I chose my career. My attitude does not project everybody in my career. I have met some annoying people and some really crazy cool people.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

It can’t be helped, especially when many people spend a lot more than 40hrs a week at work. Some jobs are dynamic enough in that there is always new learning, challenges and skill development. Personally, I don’t think this is a negative unless the person’s in a negative work environment.

randall's avatar

money is the root of all evel and greed will send you to hell.i
say this becaus without it the sisiety is willing to let people starve for it and if you drope a 20 dollor bill in a croud people would try and kill eachother for it! sick to me.
mones is all people talk about.just listen to what people say and
at work all you here is how people are gona bye this and bye that but then complain how they arnt getting paid enough for what they do.its greed and its money.people all living in the material and only worrying about the here and now and not what they get in the end.always trying to hld on to every thing they wont have when the big man comes the book.understand the book. live the book.!

p.s and thE sad thing is..
im only 16 and know this
and see i dont go to church
and sit and watch the fake put there
money in the basket.god dosent care about money
or time and that is all we care about it is sick
i go to church every second cuz i understad god
and i follow these simpel word (code)
thats it im telling you look around at what
the devel has done to us. stop with the
material and what you can get nw and think
what hill give you latter…...and yes im 16
vary wise but not to good with the boocks

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