Job insecurity

Job insecurity

The psychological effect of job insecurity can last a lifetime.

Studies have shown a causal relationship between unemployment and mental health. However, the effect of job insecurity has been less researched. One large-scale study suggests job insecurity over a prolonged period can change your personality.

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  • Reduced emotional stability. Chronic job insecurity can cause us to become anxious, tense, irritable, and depressed.
  • Reduced agreeableness. Agreeable people are naturally focused on sympathy, co-operation, and helping others. Chronic job insecurity shifts our focus to be more on ourselves instead of on others and can affect our standing as a positive and likable person.
  • Reduced conscientiousness. When we're always worried about our jobs, we are likely to become less motivated to put in an effort.

As we mature, we generally become more emotionally stable, agreeable, and conscientious. But chronic job insecurity can stunt this emotional growth.

  • The first step to do something about it is to know yourself and be aware of the pitfalls, then cultivate a growth mindset by accepting change and being open to new situations.
  • Focus on what you can control. Look for solutions rather than dwelling on the problems. Be willing to learn new skills or take on new tasks.
  • Support each other. Support from colleagues, family, and friends has been found to help build resilience and confidence.

Personality is not constant but changes over time. For example, self-confidence, warmth, self-control, and emotional stability tend to increase with age.

Earlier studies suggest more autonomy at work can increase a person's ability to cope with new situations, while a demanding and stressful job can make someone more neurotic.

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Our personalities can change

Many of us think our personality is fixed and unchangeable.

But according to a recent study, while our early personalities may provide a baseline, they are pliable as we age. People's personality traits may change drastically over time.

Can Your Personality Change Over Your Lifetime?

Your Personality Is Biased

We think we should be improving certain parts of our personality, while certain character traits are to be left intact. This division of personality traits creates confusion and subconscious bias.

  • Psychologists believe that conscientiousness, openness, agreeableness, extraversion and emotional stability are mainstream traits that are neither positive nor negative.
  • The other, more traditional virtues like kindness, compassion and forgiveness are not included in the five main traits to categorize people.

Is improving your personality a moral duty or a category confusion? | Psyche Ideas

Birth Order And Personality
  • It was only recently when researchers discovered that there is a connection between our birth order and personality traits.
  • Our birth order affects our choices of friends and romantic relationships - firstborns tend to hang out more with firstborns and so on and so forth.
  • However, there is further research to be done to prove that there is any correlation between one's birth order and one's characteristics.

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