Summary and Critique Analysis

625 WordsDec 1, 20133 Pages
Critique/ Analysis What do YOU think? Do you believe that pretending to have a job when you don’t is ok? Why or why not? Are there some cases where it may be acceptable form of lying, and others where it’s unethical? Provide specific examples. (When where who what how) You may use 1st or 3rd person. But 3rd is considered more academic/objective generally. Summary and Critique In the article “When all you have left is your pride”, released by New York Times, the author Benedict Carey discusses a phenomenon where some unemployed people pretend to have a job when they actually don’t. While the majority of readers might think this behavior deceitful and dishonest, many psychologists have demonstrated through experiments that this behavior can be extremely effective social strategy. People are being laid-off everyday. Even though the phenomenon is common, to be asked to pack belongings and go home is still acknowledged to be a shameful and depressing experience. People who are out of work take bulging briefcases, wear glorious suits and network in Starbucks everyday, because they are trying to maintain the spirit of having a job. They are suggesting to themselves that they have high social status, that they are confident, and that they are proud of themselves. When another job opportunity comes up, these people will always be ready for the new job. Conversely, if an unemployed person wears loose pants at home everyday, and complain about his bad boss while lying on a couch eating a big box of ice-cream, how will he be able to suit up and be well-prepared immediately to deal with new opportunities? Pretending to have a job is acceptable, but not the wisest choice one can make. The most intimates such as friends, families and relatives will be deeply hurt when finding out the
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