In my practice, over the years, I have noticed that may of my clients who are most successful in the workplace were parentified children who spend their lives trying to live up to impossible levels of perfectionism that leave them feeling perpetually insecure and overworked.
This article from The Harvard Business Review is the first I’ve seen explicitly addressing the way companies often take advantage of employee’s insecurities to help them achieve success. Work-life balance suffers.
“…these individuals are immensely attractive to elite professional organizations because they are entirely self-motivating and self-disciplining.”
“Snakes in Suits” is a book for anyone experiencing workplace stress and trauma as a result of interpersonal conflict with a manager or coworker who is narcissistic, manipulative and callous. While this person may not be technically psychopathic, they very well may have many of the destructive tendencies inherent in this personality disorder. Continue reading →