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2022 May 18 | by Arduino Mancini Change management - Selection Interview

What is the link among job, salary, and fear of the void?

Let’s see it together.

In a 1960 study, US psychologists Eleanor J. Gibson and Richard D. Walk wanted to gather information about infants’ perception of emptiness.

To achieve their goal, they used the visual cliff (see the picture), a tool designed to give the infant the perception of the void.

The experiment involved 36 children, aged 6 to 14 months.

Each of them was placed in the middle of the table; on the opposite side, their mother encouraged them to join her after crossing it.

What were their reactions?

Some of the children cried because they could not hug their mothers without crossing the chasm, many slipped away quickly and visibly frightened, and others tried to leave the virtual cliff by falling; all showed fear of the void.

Yes, the fear of the void catches us when children and it does not leave us as adults, when we have to face different forms of it; for example, when we are for some reason unemployed and we have to, in addition to providing for ourselves and our loved ones, face the void of identity that strikes people who are without a job.

How do we face this kind of situation?

For example, experienced mountaineers, not immune to fear of the void, face danger confident in their preparation: having gained sufficient experience and having mastered specific techniques over time gives them the sense of control that allows them to survive and live emotionally satisfying experiences.

But the choice that most of us make is very different:

  • we are cheerfully unaware that the times when we might work all our lives for the same company, perhaps always doing the same job, are forever gone. Facing the void caused by the lack of work may be an experience we will have to face more than once in our life;
  • we do not properly prepare to manage our role, remaining vulnerable to the economic and business cycles;
  • we do not appropriately protect ourselves against unwanted change. The mountaineer is prepared for the stress generated by the fear of the void, whereas we are caught in paralyzing surprise;
  • we are unprepared to cope with the search for a new job and feel our confidence in the future fading;
  • we curse against bad luck;
  • we expect the government or other institutions to take charge of our problems.

What to do then?

Well, fall into the void or change direction: invest in ourselves, without delegating the solution of our problems to others.

Do you see different solutions?

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Fabrizio Maneia 19 May 2022 23:22

… your thinking is correct.
I have known,professionally, men with excellent minds in dated or imperfect bodies.
You must always get involved, continue to regenerate yourself, always be “curious”.
In this, the institutions unfortunately do not help us …
“…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t get caught up in dogmas – they lead you to live according to other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Somehow they know what you really want to become. Everything else is secondary. Be hungry. Be crazy…”
Steve Jobs

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