Dear Krachel: Is being myself going to turn people off?

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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, a monthly advice segment where we answer audience questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

On this episode, we’re answering questions from:

  • Hannah, who’s feeling drained by a coworker who can’t stop complaining. How can she stay above the negativity? Or is this a sign she should quit ASAP?
  • Kate, a freelancer who loathes the thought of going back to an office because she fears she’ll have to turn off her real personality in favor of her “work” personality. Is it possible to be “workplace appropriate” and stay true to your personality?
  • Gillian, who’s interviewing for a new job. She knows she can’t pretend to be someone she’s not to get a job, but on the other hand, she thinks her honesty and true personality are polarizing and off-putting in interviews. What’s a girl to do when both lying and truth-telling end in bad results?

After you’ve listened, leave us a comment below to let us know if our advice for these three listeners resonated with you, too.

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Getting over your “all or nothing” obsession with Amy Everhart (October 2018)

Blog: Are you tired of pretending to be someone you’re not? (April 2018)

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