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Welcome to How’s Work? with Esther Perel — The Prologue.

Never before has the world of emotion so gripped professional life. What are your relationships like with your colleagues? Who are the people you turn to for help? How is–or isn’t--your job stroking your dreams? These and other queries of the heart enter the new bottom line -- and the new podcast How’s Work? Join host Esther Perel as she talks with duos who work together, and reshape the way you think about workplace relationships.

Over nine episodes you’ll meet co-founders and family members, rookies and pros who discuss the perks and peeves of their bonds. With Esther’s master sleuthing, what goes unsaid can be as revealing as the words that are plainly expressed.


What to listen for in this episode of How’s Work? with Esther Perel:

  • Workers bring a “relational dowry” of interpersonal dynamics from home and the cultural milieu where they grew up. Trust, loyalty, self-reliance, communication – these are but four variables determined by this dowry.
  • How to reconcile the need for a sense of rootedness and stability while at the same time experiencing a potential for growth, purpose and meaning?
  • The trade-off: In the past workers had defined structures that fostered belonging and security, but little latitude or self-expression. Moving from “structure” to “network” in three short generations, today’s workers have choice and freedom, yet loose roots and relationships.
  • “The identity economy”: where workers seek self-definition and fulfillment, help with their emotional and physical well-being, and a boost in their professional growth.
  • Every relationship has a power structure, and as any parent of a 2-year-old knows, power can come from the weaker party.
  • Boundaries, roles and hierarchy apply to relationships in the workplace no less than to romantic love.

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