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What Halloween Characters Do You Have at Work?
They're everywhere! They're
by Andy McCabe, Psy.D (October 17, 2011)
They're all around us, all the time, but we
donít recognize them because they wear business suites, sport
jackets, dresses, high heels, or maybe sneakers and dungarees.
They're the men and women we work with who are hiding their true
identities in the workplace. Let's see if we can figure out who they
The Fairy Princess: She's beautiful and
knows it and because of her looks and beguiling smile, men bosses
look the other way when she comes in late or doesn't pull her fair
share. If her boss is a woman, she may be in the deep end of the
pool without her water wings; however, often she's so good at
manipulating that, if she can find a chink in the woman's armor, she
and the boss will become best buds.
The Frog: The Frog is usually a man and
as annoying as a pesky mosquito on a hot summer night. He just
doesn't go away! Questions, stories, and yes, like the frog -- ribit,
ribit -- he repeats himself. You're busy, have lots to do and you
see the frog coming and there's nowhere to hide. Ouch! You know it's
going to be painful so you head for the menís or ladies room and
pray he'll be gone when you get back.
Richard Nixon: He talks, seemingly
without taking a breath, in a monotone voice that would be perfect
for hypnosis commercials. He thinks he knows everything and that you
want to hear him blab on and on about himself and how brilliant he
is. Double ouch! If you have the misfortune of sitting next to him
at a wedding, within minutes you will want to kill yourself.
Lance Romance: If Lance and the Fairy
Princess ever married, they'd never get to work on time because
they'd spend too much time fighting over the mirror. He's smooth,
charming, good looking and, like the Princess, he knows it and does
not have to follow the rules meant for mortal men. In his mind, he's
a god and should be treated as such. No hair on his head would dare
be out of place and he can climb mountains without getting wrinkled
or sweating. If he's single and the boss is his wingman, you might
want to buy the large bottle of Advil or look for another job.
General George Patton: Usually a guy,
but some women could also wear this costume. Neat, polished, no
nonsense, he strongly believes smiling, or laughing, at work should
be avoided and he lives in the past: the days of glory. When the
ships were wooden and the men were iron. As opposed to today's iron
ships and wooden men. He likes to reminisce when you've got a
deadline and alligators chomping at your ankles. If he's the boss,
you smile, nod appropriately, and know you're going to have to stay
late because he's enchanted by the sound of his own voice.
Calamity Jane: Nice person and a good
heart; however, she's an elephant in a china shop. When she enters
the room, the anxiety level increases because you know something is
going to go wrong, very wrong. The one time she uses the copier, it
blows up and you have to evacuate the building. Once she flushed the
toilet and it wouldn't shut off. The entire third floor flooded.
Sheís always apologetic.
The Ghoul: He or she is the walking
dead. They hate their job, life, their spouse, children, motherís
day, apple pie and anything funny! They donít walk, they shuffle and
never smile. Their skin is so white, they look like they were just
released from an extended prison stay and they usually wear the same
clothes: they think nobody notices. The Ghoul has actually died on
the job long ago and hasn't had an original idea since sophomore
year in high school.
So, do you recognize one or more of the
Halloween characters hiding out where you work? If you do, make sure
you give them a piece of candy and wish them ... Happy Halloween!
(Note: Andy McCabe, Psy.D., graduated from the
Rutgers School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He is a life
coach and has presented programs on stress management to
educational, health, law enforcement and corporate groups, as well
as for the United States Navy. He is the author of a 2011 guide for
personal and world transformation titled: The Gifted One: The
Journey Begins, available at Amazon.com and other fine
booksellers. Dr. McCabe can be reached at his website:
www.andycitybear.com or at 201-401-4227.