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Are men who lose their jobs just "addicted to success?"

a href=”http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2009/02/reverse-sexism-in-wall-street-journal.html”Stuart Schneiderman: /aReverse sexism in the emWall Street Journal:/embr /br /blockquotePsychotherapists may be short on practical experience, but they are supposed to be masters of empathy. If you have been traumatized, they will be at-the-ready to feel your pain, to offer you comfort and consolation.br /br /Unless you happen to be a man who is out of work, whose thirty-year career has just vanished, who is lost and adrift, suffering both a loss of income and a blow to his identity……br /br /In today’s Wall Street Journal Kevin Helliker writes that the sad sacks who have lost their careers, their income, their social status, and their identities are suffering because they were “addicted to success” and were over-identifying with their work. a href=”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123423234983566171.html”Link here./abr /br /This is guilt tripping at its best. Dripping with contempt Helliker analyzes their anguish: “The deepening recession is exacting punishment for a psychological vice that masquerades as a virtue for many working people: the unmitigated identification of self with occupation, accomplishment, and professional status”…br /br /Now that you have seen the way psychologists want their male patients to process trauma, imagine these empathy-mongers facing a woman who had been sexually harrassed. Would they tell her that she was suffering because she had over-identified with her sexual being? Would they declare that she is suffering because she had not spent enough time with her family? Or would they declare that her anguish is simply evoking unprocessed childhood traumas?/blockquotebr /br /You know, it’s no wonder men are reluctant to go to psychologists. I read recently that more men are going to treatment since they are losing their jobs at higher rates than women but I have to wonder if they are really getting the help they need or just being blamed for being “addicted to success.”