Stressed & Unhappy Women: Are You One?
It’s a hard time to be a woman these days. We bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and feel unappreciated wherever we go, much less the sexy w-o-m-a-n in the Enjoli ad.
Therese J. Borchard
Notes that powerful women, despite the appearance calm control, many times are seriously suffering from stress.
A new survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) reports that women bear a more intense degree of stress than their male colleagues. 1,500 women were surveyed, and:
- 2/3 claimed they had no opportunity for promotion
- 1/2 felt they were not appreciated
- 1/2 believed they were not paid enough
- 1/3 experienced intense and ongoing stress from work
Women's average level of happiness has taken a dive, when compared with statistics from 40 years ago. Their male counterparts report much higher degrees of happiness. The high degree of stress occurs regardless of economic standing, marital status, number of children, race, or age of the woman.
A 2010 study titled "Working Mother" reported that 40% of women who work drink heavily, and 57% admitted to misusing prescription drugs. These trends are the symptoms of a gender who continues to experience excessive levels of stress.
Some studies suggest that healthy and happy relationships improve the way women feel. The article then reports the quote by Alan Cohen: "Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation."
Darin's note: I am deeply disappointed with this article's conclusion. The writer implies that all women need to do to remedy their stress is have strong relationships. According to the Cohen quote, women need to turn negative experiences into positive ones. Lame, shocking advice!
Neither action will remedy the problem, and the fixes simply trivialize the plight of working women. The report presents severe and serious problems that women face everyday, and the Band-Aids offered are insulting. This article needs to have the guts to tell the truth about what can heal women:
- Equality in the workplace in every aspect (men aren't experiencing this level of stress).
- Equality in the household where women in most cases are tasked with the burdens of running a the home and raising children (about as difficulty as the job of most CEOs).
- Recognition of the hard work and sacrifice of women through tangible acknowledgement: awards, promotions, raises, vacations, and opportunities to nurture relationships with colleagues.
This is just a start, but it does much more than merely patting women on the back and telling them to develop strong relationships and look at the positive side of things.
A group of people who are oppressed need tangible action and compensation rather than silly, trivial advice. The reason I react so strongly is because of the severity of the statistics found through research - around half of women abuse drugs of some kind to deal with the stress they feel. This is alarming.
Anyone who dares address the burdens that women endure better have serious remedies to resolve the complex problem. Trivial remedies are insulting.
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Source is PychCentral.com
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