Are You Suffering from Praise Addiction?

The main reason why so many people are unhappy with their jobs

Tia Ella Gliata
3 min readJul 24, 2020
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What does that word mean to you? Some people might say that it means “money”, “prestige”, “pride”, or “self-achievement”. Michelle Obama felt particularly disturbed about this word as she mentioned it briefly in her book titled Becoming. “What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is a sure thing to experience later in life”, she quoted. She argued that growing up is not finite. That one is always becoming who they are meant to be.

Now goes the question, “Is being known as someone who’s pursuing a career is someone who I’m meant to be?”

A recent study by J.T. O’Donnel showed that more than 70% would say no to that question. To put it in another perspective, they don’t think the career that they have is who they’re supposed to be or what they’re supposed to do. They feel such dissatisfaction that leads to a decreasing level of happiness when it comes to their professional work.

One would wonder then, if that many people are so unhappy with their jobs, why would they stay? Why would they even do it in the first place?

J.T. O’Donnel spent 15…



Tia Ella Gliata

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