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Jobs of Necessity, Cheaters, Depression, and More

Webcast Q&A: 7 November 2010

I answered questions on jobs of necessity rather than passion, contentious Objectivist debates, a cheating friend, helping a friend with depression, reminders of death, and more for Philosophy in Action Radio on 7 November 2010. Listen to or download the podcast below.

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Segments: 7 November 2010


Question 1: Jobs of Necessity Rather Than Passion (2:17)

Question: We are sometimes forced to choose a professional endeavor out of financial necessity rather than professional passion, leading to difficulty in motivation and decreased creative output. How might one improve effectiveness under those circumstances?

Tags: Business, Career, Finances, Productiveness, Work

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Question 2: Contentious Objectivist Debates (14:25)

Question: Objectivists seem to be disagreeing a lot recently about some hot button issues. Do you have any principles to suggest on how to best handle such disagreements?

Tags: Communication, Conflict, Etiquette, Justice, Objectivist Movement, Relationships

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Question 3: A Cheating Friend (32:28)

Question: A friend (we were once close, but have grown apart in recent years) confides that she is cheating on her husband and has no plans to tell him. I have no idea what to do – I neither wanted this secret nor want to help keep it from the husband. I'm angry.

Tags: Ethics, Friendship, Honesty, Infidelity, Marriage, Relationships, Sanction

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Question 4: Helping a Friend with Depression (38:31)

Question: If you have a dear friend with depression that is honestly struggling, what can you do to help? I've listened. I've recommended a book Mind Over Mood. I've sent a picture each day of a memory and what is says about her i.e. focus on the positive.

Tags: Benevolence, Friendship, Psychology

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Question 5: Reminders of Death (41:47)

Question: Why do some habitually project their death as a means of silencing criticisms or getting people to do what they want? E.g. a senior that intimidates his children to answer the phone by stating his next call might be while he's actively dying.

Tags: Communication, Death, Ethics, Manipulation, Psychology, Relationships

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