We Can’t Actually Do the Most Important Emotional Labor for Others: The Plight of the Unpaid Therapist

a bunch of miniature men on a mining expedition of some giant strawberries, used to represent emotional labor
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Emotional Labor, the Plight of the Unpaid Therapist

People have been talking more and more the past few years about emotional labor, the unpaid stress that people acting as caregivers endure by providing emotional support to others. This isn’t limited to just the workplace, however. Women in particular are disproportionately expected in their personal lives (even with strangers) to manage our own emotions in a way that makes whoever we are talking with comfortable,  » Read more

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