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How long does it take to get over negative emotions associated with job loss?

My significant other got laid off just over a week ago. We had known layoffs were coming (but weren't sure whether he'd be affected) for nearly 4 months. During that time, we put our lives on hold (including plans for the future) and put all our energy into supporting him through the changes at work. I have read the websites on emotions associated with job loss (loss of identity, self-esteem, etc.), but I sometimes forget what he is going through. When he has a good day, I then think everything is fine and start to push about the future / getting back to normal, which sends him back into a negative zone and makes him need even more space from me. In reality, things are even more uncertain now that he is unemployed than they were when we feared unemployment - where will the next paycheque come from, will relocation be necessary, etc.? How long do these negative emotions last? How severe are they? And how do I help him through this without pushing him away?

Asked By: KLB - 4/30/2007
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Job change is one of the top 10 life stressors, and people grieve a loss of employment in the same way that they grieve other losses. Everyone reacts differently to loss and grief - some people turn things around quickly while others linger for months or even years. When it is an involuntary job loss, that can be... More
Answered By: Mel - 4/30/2007
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You are in control of your emotions, correct? You have to embrace the loss and grief as you can't pretend its not there... More
Answered By: woos - 4/30/2007
 
i have suffered job lost a couple of times, and i was lucky to have some money to last me a month or two... i basically worked on my resume during that period and felt confident i could find work and i did. my wife was quite supportive and reinforced how smart and skilled i am during those times when i was depressed... More
Answered By: paradiseagain07 - 4/30/2007
 
My husband and I went through this same thing a couple months ago. My husband went a little crazy and finding work consumed his every thought. We went out every day and put in applications and dropped off resumes. He wouldn't stop checking the phone calls, looking for openings online etc.... When nothing came along he... More
Answered By: ashez - 4/30/2007
 
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