I try not to make generalized statements a habit, but I think it's safe to say we all know people who have lost their job a la the U.S. economy. You might be one of them.

If you're not, Newsweek has an informative article on how to be socially sensative to your friends who are (yes, it's a bit weird).

One of the memorbale quotes from the article: "Directly confronting a friend's job loss can be awkward, but ignoring it isn't helpful, says Dr. Joseph Cilona, a New York City psychologist who specializes in counseling executives. According to Cilona, asking about a friend's job search is one of the best ways to both help that friend and deal with your own guilt. "Most people don't have prior experience with [such] situations and no model to guide them as to what to do or say," he says. "This can sometimes result in not saying anything due to fears of being hurtful or embarrassing. Ironically, this avoidance [itself] often does cause hurt and embarrassment.""

Read the whole piece here: http://www.newsweek.com/id/193099


golublog said...

It is awkward. Its more awkward if its not a friend and its an acquitance and you no longer know what to talk to them about.

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