Power of the Panopticon: Why You Should Stay Anon Online
I choose to be anonymous on Twitter. Often, this perplexes people. Don’t I know that there are several pros to putting a name to a face on Twitter? Having a personal brand on Twitter is a serendipity vehicle. Despite the pros, in this post, I highlight 5 reasons why I choose to stay anonymous as a professional.
Is your identity as enmeshed with work as mine is?
Psychologists use the term “enmeshment” to describe a situation where the boundaries between people become blurred, and individual identities lose importance. Enmeshment prevents the development of a stable, independent sense of self. We are a generation enmeshed with our careers.
Acknowledging ‘Emotional Labour’ and helping employees deal with it
Four decades ago, American Sociologist Arlie Russel Hochschild coined and defined the term ‘emotional labour’ in her award-winning book, ‘The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling’, as the act of having to regulate or manage one’s emotions to fulfil a professional purpose. Hochschild argued that a third of American men and half of American women held jobs that involved emotional management to serve a commercial purpose.
Adverse Life Situations and ‘Invisible Grief’ in the Workplace
Divorce and infertility are just two examples of a larger phenomenon called ‘invisible grief’, whereby a person grieves the loss of a future scenario they dreamt of. While this kind of grief doesn’t fall into the traditional grief that comes with mourning the death of a loved one, it may be even harder to navigate, because it is often isolating and not acknowledged by others.
Modern Dad, Old-World Bias
More than ever, men are keen to contribute at work and at home, especially after having seen from close quarters the burden of a double-shift on their partners during the pandemic. The needs of the modern dad have evolved, but the support he receives hasn’t.