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Alternate Explanations


Thursday, October 03, 2013

One of the first things my therapist taught me (back when I was actually seeing one) is to always look for an alternate explanation when I’m going down the path of distorted thinking ( wp.me/p1N36Q-23 ).

Unfortunately, I just could not think of what the alternate explanation for being asked if I feel like I’m “busy enough” by a superior might be… leave it to my husband to figure it out:

“If you think about it rationally, you don’t go to the person you are going to lay off to ask them if they are busy enough – because you already know the answer to that. Maybe she’s alluding that layoffs are coming to a trusted individual to see who she might be able to shift some of the work to…”

God, I love him. It might be a stretch, but it makes me feel better.

I’m not sure if I literally worried myself sick over this, but I developed a migraine headache late Tuesday night that lasted well into this morning. Maybe it was a result of overdosing on sugar. Yesterday, I wasn’t able to work – just laid in bed with the lights off and downed Tylenol like candy. Needless to say, it was easy not to binge yesterday, and managed to stay on track today.
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SUNNYRUTH 10/4/2013 10:49AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon. It will all be alright.

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WOUBBIE 10/4/2013 9:13AM

    Would you consider following up with her by email to clarify? Maybe flatter her ego by thanking her for providing you with such a thought-provoking line of inquiry then give a quick one-paragraph evaluation?

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WHEAT_ON_TRIAL 10/4/2013 8:24AM

    I think it's a valid question. I feel good about the work I do - not overwhelmed everyday. Some days get a little crazy, but I think that's normal. The only area where I think I need improvement is when it comes to making a call or facilitating a meeting that makes me anxious... sometimes I will procrastinate by doing less than productive things (checking email, eating...)

Anyway, going into panic mode made me not really think very clearly about the question she was asking... I mentioned a few projects on my plate and left it at that.

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WOUBBIE 10/3/2013 10:39PM

    Here's a really stupid question. If you were to answer 100% honestly, what would you reply? ARE you busy enough, are you too busy, or are you bored? I haven't met a boss yet who didn't appreciate an honest, straight-up answer.

I probably would have taken the Jewish route and answered a question with a question: "Pretty much. Why do you ask?"

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