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REPEAT: Why Women Cry at Work and What to Do About it

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If you’ve ever found yourself crying at work, “this one’s for you”. I’m talking about crying (or coming close to tears) when you’re trying to solve a problem, negotiate for a raise, trying to compromise on workloads, etc.  Often, these tears are met with harsh consequences: diminished perceptions of competency, reduced respect, poor performance reviews, and more.

I believe that women communciate to connect with those around them and in stressful, complicated, power-ridden circumstances, we struggle with two things: fear and frustration. Fear of losing our temper, losing our “rights”, or losing respect, and frustration because we want to communicate a powerful message, but can’t because we don’t know how to say it. I believe that this internal struggle is what triggers our crying response – in essence, the “fight or flight” syndrome.

So what’s to be done about it? How can we “unlearn” this tearful behavior? Well, you have to learn to change two things: your communication strategy and your instinctual responses to situations. Think of it like this: You can un-learn your current menu of reactions and create a new menu of chosen responses.

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