John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Crisis Addiction

Man, I am sick of Crisis Addicts.

What are Crisis Addicts, you ask? Well, they are people who get off on the adrenaline rush of being in a crisis situation, and who therefore unconsciously (and sometimes semi-consciously) arrange things so that shit goes wrong ... so they can have a crisis.

It's a pattern some people learn as kids, or more often as teenagers; they have a problem, and the bigger it is the more attention and sympathy they get, prompting them to have an even bigger problem next time.

I, on the other hand, hate crises; I consider that if feathers get ruffled, it's a failure on SOMEBODY'S part -- whether it's poor planning, poor implementation, or just plain poor judgement all around. If something goes wrong enough that there's a crisis, then once the crisis is resolved, there needs to be stuff put into place so that NOTHING OF THE SORT EVER HAPPENS AGAIN, DAMMIT.

This is in direct contrast to my boss. He is a Crisis Addict. He would deny it, but he'd be wrong. I wonder sometimes if I annoy him by not flying off the handle with him at every little setback. Whenever somebody sends us a work request, he acts like it's a colossal emergency, and it's taken me some time to figure out that it really isn't, he's just trying to MAKE it one.

I've spotted the same behavior and mindset in people I've met over the years, and I try to weed such folks out of my acquaintance. I want life to be as fun and low-maintenance as possible. Unfortunately, the only way to weed out my boss is by getting another job.

So, if you're a fun, low-maintenance friend, thank you for being so!

-The Gneech
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