Ask Dr. Helen: Are Men Who Lose their Jobs Really 'Addicted to Success'?

Men are constantly being told that they are providers for women. Even so-called "feminists" who pretend that they are for equality expect men to pick up most of the burden of child support and pay women off in a divorce. They even think women should be paid for their services at home -- apparently by men who go to work all day to support their families so the wife can stay home. And now that many men are out of a job, we're told that they are just getting the punishment they deserve for chasing the money they need to provide for these women and their families. Does anyone see the hypocrisy here?

Let me give some advice to men who have recently lost their jobs. First, I am sorry this happened to you. It's not easy having a good job and being able to provide and having that yanked away. Second, take care of yourself and keep up those things that make you feel better, like exercise, eating right, and engaging in hobbies you enjoy. Third, make some plan of action for how to get back in the work world (if this is what you want) by networking, contacting friends and acquaintances who may be able to help, and tweaking your resume should you need to. Finally, if you feel that you may be clinically depressed because of your situation, seek treatment. Search for a mental health professional by getting a recommendation from someone whose judgement you trust or by word of mouth that the therapist understands the issues men are going through.

And some advice to the friends and family of those men who have recently lost their jobs. Be kind. Let the man know that you are behind him and ask if there is anything you can do. If you feel the man is clinically depressed, then professional help might be necessary. But make sure it is with a therapist who has some real understanding of men, not some inhumane theory about how he got his "just desserts." And finally, under no circumstances tell a man who has just lost his job something as earth shattering as he is "addicted to success." This would be like telling someone who lost a loved one that they were "addicted to love." See how cruel it sounds?

PJM readers, if you have any better advice than "stop being addicted to success" for the recently unemployed or for their family members, please share it with us or add any other comment about this article below.


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