Unemployment carries a lot of emotional baggage for most of us and fear is an important component. We fear the financial consequences of no longer receiving regular wages. We fear the impact of our lack of productivity on relationships: our marriage, our family, our friends and our social and community activities. We are afraid of losing the respect of our children when we can not give them what they need. We fear approaching acquaintances for help define the possible positions. We fear the humiliation of job search and personal rejection we expect to find.
And finally we fear the most basic concepts in all of us: that we are not good enough, we can not cut the mustard, you're an incurable loser. The fear seeps into our bones and leaves us awake and restless in the middle of the night. Flashes behind our eyes to telegraph our desperation in interviews. Weighs heavily on our shoulders slumped as we walk in another agency and respond to them questions that we have been asked for weeks. It blocks our energy and enthusiasm goes out trying so hard to project. It becomes our constant, uninvited companion in everything we do. If not rapidly contained, it wrests control of our lives. For dealing with fear, "Think positive" is a useless topic when there is almost nothing positive happening in the world today. You have no job, no income, no prospects and no real hope. But you still have the most powerful tool ever developed: the human mind.