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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 40's & 50's by Susan Shelly, Sarah Fisher

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Chapter 17Dealing With Losing Your Job

In This Chapter
  • Reacting to losing a job
  • How your job and your personal identity are related
  • Working to preserve relationships
  • Financial implications of job loss
  • Smart strategies while you’re unemployed
  • Knowing you’re not alone

Nobody likes to think about losing his or her job. It’s stressful. It can be depressing. It can shake the very foundations of who we see ourselves to be. Studies have shown that someone who loses a job often experiences a range of emotion similar to those of a person who has learned that he or she has a terminal illness, or who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

The emotions and reactions aren’t as intense, of course, but one who loses a job may experience feelings of denial, anger, depression, ...

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