Express Yourself

Mental health and emotions are fraught topics in academics and hiring. Your mental state affects not only performance and grades, but also how people perceive you–fairly or not. It can seem like a trap when disclosing mental illness might help, but then people judge you based on it.

While illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD are experiencing a sea change in how they are perceived and accepted in much of society, academia remains a place where stigma runs high. Inside Higher Ed recently published an article (by an anonymous individual) about how PTSD derailed his career, and what he is doing to reverse the stigma. Read it here.

On the other hand, Stanford researchers recently found that not showing emotion can harm your chances at getting a job, creating bias in the hiring process. Read more here.

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