Functioning: The "I" vs. The Sustaining Crowd
As widely different as these women are as people, there is something recognizable about them that you quickly sense in the way they talk, the way they manage themselves and their surroundings. It's like recognizing an accent from a different region or another subculture than your own. The first time you wander into the world of successful career women who are mothers as well, especially if your professional life has been spent as a social work psychotherapist and the last decade with one foot in the world of academe, you literally feel you have arrived in a strange country inhabited by very strange people. They even seem to speak a different language. You walk around wide-eyed, asking questions based on experiences from your own subculture which make no sense to them at all. They take pity on you and try to explain, but their language is hard to comprehend. You ask about problems; they stare at you, repeating: "Problems? What problems? There are no problems. Only opportunities." They shake their heads in a bewildered fashion at similarly obtuse questions. "Overwhelmed? What do you mean? You just do it, that's all." You go back to your own world and talk about these strange beings and are told very
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Publication information: Book title: Managing Success:High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood. Contributors: Aasta S. Lubin - Author. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 27.
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