Wedded to the job
For many Americans work is such a central part of life, that when they lose their job, they often feel as though they are losing a part of their identity. The emotional connection that people have to their work includes the support system and friendships they have with other colleagues. Employment psychologists suggest that people need to set boundaries in order to keep their work life and social life separate. They suggest that people spend time with families and friends outside of their work life and get involved in their neighborhoods and communities.
See Catharine Bell, Chicago Tribune, October 7, 2003