Other than tears of joy

October 11, 2006 erinstine

Has anyone else cried at work recently? Last week I had a REALLY not good week and one of the things that caused it was a piece of news that was so surprising, hurtful, and humiliating that I sat in my office with my boss and tried (very unsuccessfully) not to cry. Tears abounded. It was awful, and now I’m afraid I’m the ‘sensitive one’ that everyone’s got to watch out for (“Careful! Don’t make Charlotte cry!” I guess I should specify that that’s from this episode).

So now I’m wondering: how common is it among my friends and family to shed some tears at their place of business ABOUT their job? Does anyone take work stuff so goddam personally like me? And did anybody see you?

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. that library girl  |  October 11, 2006 at 4:42 am

    Yuck, that really sucks. I hope everything is okay. I haven’t cried at work recently, but I have before… I take everything too personally, and when I get angry or feel like I am being chastised I tend to start to cry, so it’s a recipe for disaster sometimes.

    And yes, people saw me. Like most of the office and my boss.

  • 2. heavymetallibrarian  |  October 11, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    I tend to take a “there’s no crying in baseball!” attitude toward the workplace, but I have definitely had some serious work-related meltdowns at home (not related to my new job but, hey, it’s new). But I did once spent the better part of an afternoon locked in my company’s back office bawling and screaming at Ameritech to please turn on my goddamn phone service already. That was classy.

  • 3. Elizabeth  |  October 11, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, definitely. At several jobs. I haven’t cried at work yet as far as I recall, but my boss has cried in front of me. I just go home and cry.

    At one of my last jobs, I worked customer service, and I was routinely yelled at, cursed at, and insulted by customers. My coworkers always admired my ability to keep my cool. I think I got this from my dad. It’s not necessarily a good thing.

    I’m glad you have a boy and a pup to cheer you up. Real jobs are for the birds, methinks.

  • 4. Sonya  |  October 12, 2006 at 5:35 am

    I was JUST having a conversation last week with another GA about inopportune crying. I cry when I’m frustrated, which is unfortunate because I’m usually frustrated at a situation that requires communicating with someone, and if I’m all snotty and shakey-voiced, I sound totally irrational.

    So this other GA mentions that she read something about how women have a tendency to cry because it’s socially unacceptable to get angry.


    Totally made sense to me. In all these situations where I cry, if I was a dude, I’d probably get raging mad. At least that can turn into a super power.

    Stupid crying.

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