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Status Anxiety

DeBotton talks about many different ways in which we are all dependent on things outside of our control in this increasingly complex world of work and money.
Discuss how the following dependencies contribute to status anxiety:
1. Dependence on fickle talent
2. Dependence on luck
3. Dependence on employer
4. Dependence on global economy
5. Dependence on employerâ??s profitability
6. Dependence on global economy

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DeBotton talks about many different ways in which we are all dependent on things outside of our control in this increasingly complex world of work and money.

Discuss how the following dependencies contribute to status anxiety:

1. Dependence on fickle talent

This can be true whether the talent is ours or belongs to someone else. Consider a talented sports figure. As long as he stays fit and healthy his talent brings him/her money, success and fame. As soon as he begins to slow down or gets injured, he may lose his ability to earn an income. A singer can lose his/her ability to make a living if his/her voice becomes overstressed. Those who depend on talent can also suffer as a result of consumers (fans) who may switch their loyalty to another talented ...

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The solution reviews Alain DeBotton's notion of dependencies as they relate to status anxiety.

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