David Lumb, writing for Fast Company, outlines some recent research that shows that unemployment for a year or longer can actually cause an individual to have a souring personality.
The key comment:
“Over time, the unemployed men and women saw decreases in their levels of agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness—all traits that could affect how well a person performs during a job interview.”
So, being unemployed is not only heartbreaking, it’s mindbending…and the bending accumulates.
The real question that should be researched is, however, the impact on personality that being employed in a bad situation has on personality.
Money talks, but I’m betting that people who go to work unhappy are just as bent as people who have to stay home unhappy.