We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatization have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative. If you’re skeptical, I put this simple statement to you: meritocratic neoliberalism favors certain personality traits and penalizes others.
There are certain ideal characteristics needed to make a career
today. The first is articulateness, the aim being to win over as many
people as possible. Contact can be superficial, but since this applies
to most human interaction nowadays, this won’t really be noticed.
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