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Two years to recover from a job loss or break-up
posted at August 1, 2013 4:39 AM EDT
First: May 4, 2013
Last: August 6, 2013
From a Wall Street Journal article:
Whether you've lost a job or a girlfriend, it won't take long before someone tells you, Dust yourself off. Time heals all wounds.
Yes, but how much time?
Experts say most people should give themselves a good two years to recover from an emotional trauma such as a breakup or the loss of a job. And if you were blindsided by the event—your spouse left abruptly, you were fired unexpectedly—it could take longer.
Recovering from a divorce or job loss actually involves two overlapping processes. There is the recovery from grief. And there is the even more time-consuming process of rebuilding the structure of your life. Where will you eat dinner? Who will your friends be? After all, if you are married, even if you hate your spouse, "you know when to show up and when to come home," Dr. Gourguechon says.
The full article is here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324354704578635900864791348.html