Economic Crisis Promotes Massive Collective Identity Crisis - Humanity Redefining Itself

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"If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?"  Fromm, Erich
"Inevitably, when I left my job, it devastated me. 
I couldn’t just rally and move on. I did not know how to value who I was versus what I did. What I did was who I was."
~ Erin Callan, Ex-Lehman Brothers
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/opinion/sunday/is-there-life-after-work.html

On an intuitive level most of us understand the deep interconnection between identity and labor… ‘What do you do?’ has become as common a component of an introduction as the anachronistic ‘How do you do?’ once was—suggesting that our jobs are an integral part of our identity, not merely a way to make money…”

Suicide rates in the United States have risen sharply since the economic crisis took hold in 2007 and political leaders should do more to protect Americans' mental health during tough times, researchers said on Monday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/05/us-suicide-economy-idUSL5E8M463M20121105
The harsh spending cuts introduced by European governments to tackle their crippling debt problems have not only pitched the region into recession - they are also being partly blamed for outbreaks of diseases not normally seen in Europe and a spike in suicides, according to new research.

Experts say most people should give themselves a good two years to recover from an emotional trauma such as a breakup or the loss of a job. And if you were blindsided by the event—your spouse left abruptly, you were fired unexpectedly—it could take longer.

That is more time than most people expect, says Prudence Gourguechon, a psychiatrist in Chicago and former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association. It's important to know roughly how long the emotional disruption will last. Once you get over the shock that it is going to be a long process, you can relax, Dr. Gourguechon says. "You don't have to feel pressure to be OK, because you're not OK." 
Some experts call this recovery period an "identity crisis process." It is perfectly normal, they say, to feel depressed, anxious and distracted during this time—in other words, to be an emotional mess. (Getting over the death of a loved one is more complicated and typically will take even longer than two years, experts say.)

A major theme of this century will be the pursuit of our collective identity. We are on a search for who we are. What does it mean to be a human? Can there be more than one kind of human? In fact, what exactly is a human? ~ Kevin Kelly

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-european-magazine/the-future-of-humanity-hu_b_3184114.html



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