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Dysfunctional Workplaces

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One thing I've learned is that even in the best work environments, small pockets of emotional and mental disease can develop, usually when too much power gets shifted to an abusive person or group. In many cases, this psychic rot spreads quickly throughout a department and sometimes an entire organization. It leaves the people whose livelihood depends on enduring this negativity day after day, stressed out and sick. It continues to add up until we've become a victim and/or a contributor to the problem.

Ideally, you can find a place where you can surround yourself with a strong enough network of friends that allow you to maintain a healthy perspective and weather such instances without getting blindsided by them. I think it's particularly important when conflicts arise, that we don't get caught in the trap of assuming that WE are the problem, that there's something wrong with US and that we should change to fit in, when it's entirely likely that we may be subjecting ourselves to a diseased work culture.
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mere phantom said:
yeh i quit my job in May, i kept holding on to it, just cuz i felt i needed to hang in there and maybe i was just thinking negetively but i wish i had done it sooner, im tired of being treated like a piece of s*** or like a wierdo that people just make fun of
Me too, word for word what you wrote. I was telling myself, just suck it gotta do it. I started working there with a mild depression and mild SA. I was completely out of place working with all these middle aged- to older women who all talked about each other or anyone else. So now i show up, new guy, young, with something *just* not right mentally (maybe this was impercievable to them, but i felt they were thinking 'whats his deal?')
2 months of whispering,giggling, and trying to make jokes at my expense (they were adults with low-paying,brainless,dead-end jobs, and didnt have anything physically attractive about them, so mean comebacks were easy)Making enemies and being standoffish only fueled the fire, one morning i was more,yesterday was my last day.I never returned but i waited too long. Dealing with that has made any slight issues in my head or self esteem things turn into giant problems. Months later i havent gotten another job, paranoia is constant, i rarely leave the house. It really messed me up, worse than i was.

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