Office Party Archetypes

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Office Party coming up soon?

Office parties, how does one describe them? To some they are a great opportunity to build team spirit after a hard year and for others they are the root of all evil. It is widely accepted that spouses and partners find office parties apprehensive or even downright loathsome. Irrespective of the potential unhappiness they may cause, a good old office party is always fun. It is that one day you don’t have to pay for anything – it is all on the HOUSE!

Office Party Archetypes

When an office party is in full swing party archetypes always rear their head:

The Macho Man – who signals his lack of social prowess with a beer-belch after every one of the 15 beers (and counting) he has had. Accompanied by an incessant genital scratching as if trying to make sure it is still there…

The Nerd – awkwardly making his way through the crowd freely dispensing anecdotes from the previous decade. Yes, the exact same ones you tried to avoid last year.

The Loud One – that you can hear from wherever you are at the party, like the siren on a fire engine.

The Dancer – with the hips that don’t lie, well at least not in their mind…

The dreaded Kisser-Hugger – Yes, the one who has a built-in GPS just to find you! No matter how cold or frank you are, you too will be receiving the hug and kiss you made sure of leaving out of your letter to Santa Clause.

According recent surveys the Kisser- hugger is the least favorite of the characters. Studies have shown that these characters are found to be the most annoying.  Most people noted that they feel their personal space is invaded and that the charm of kissing was left behind in the sixties for good reason. No matter how much society has evolved these archetypes remain a constant at office parties. They have a knack of embarrassing themselves, but still make for a good laugh.

Office party time is here! Grab a glass of champagne and salute the passing of the work year.

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See the Someone in “Some People”

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Who do you think are “some people”? If you do a search for “why do some people” on the internet you get quite a variety of questions; from culture, religion and health to why a person would choose to support a specific sports team. Many of these questions seem to be aimed at trying to find out more about someone else without having to ask them in person and either seeming ignorant or insulting them. Search for “some people” on Twitter, though, and it turns out that most of the time when “some people” are mentioned it is to point out a perceived negative aspect in people different from the one writing the Tweet.

These negative mentions even feed off of a person’s own prejudices without them being aware of it. Often the phrase “some people” is used to refer to a specific group of people deemed to not only be different from you (who is always in the right), but also not as good a person as you are. Take, for example, someone who supports a different sports team than you, is part of a different fandom, or even lives in a different community than you. It is all too easy to turn the supporters of team X into the “some people” who are always drunk and disorderly – thereby implying that you and your fellow supporters are the opposite.

“Some people” seems to have become a way of saying “those people” – a perceived Other – and which can refer to gender, race, religion, nationality, and even taste in shoes. Far too often on the internet, when any number of like-minded trolls targets one person, it spills over into targeting a “some people” group of individuals perceived to be identical (and perceived to be bad, evil, not on the same level, etc.). Need I even mention the recent Gamer Gate here?

However, once you realise that it is extremely difficult to group people together only by what you perceive to be a homogenous trait, you can start to look at the “some people” as individuals. Yes, we all refer to “some people” at times, but the point I am trying to make is that you should realise when you are making a sweeping generalisation and you should always remind yourself that each person you include in that “some people” also stands alone as an individual. Yes, individuals may share interests, tastes, backgrounds, religions, whatever, but that still does not make them identical.

One of the wonders of human life is how extraordinarily different people can be – even if they live next door to each other or are members of the same family. While you refer to individuals as being “some people”, others are placing you into groups of “some people” as well. Perhaps by simply removing a type of “some people” or “those people” mentality we can all move a little closer to accepting each other for who we are and learning to understand the differences. Yes, it is valid to ask someone how on earth they can enjoy watching sport for ten hours straight, but it is also valid for someone to ask me how on earth I can enjoy reading fantasy for ten hours straight – and the answers might even be similar.

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Author: Carin Marais

Carin Marais writes web articles, guest and blog posts, and fiction. With interests ranging from pop culture and technology to literature and mythology, her writing covers diverse subjects. To contact Carin for articles and guest posts or to read her work, go to her home page, her blog Hersenskim,  or follow her on @CarinMarais.

Weight loss is a lifestyle

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You are what you eat!

Permanent weight loss requires a change in lifestyle

It is hardly possible to buy a magazine or browse the internet without being accosted with dozens of advertisements promising readers and viewers that they will have successful weight loss in no time at all. In fact, the weight loss industry is gigantic. Billions are spent each year by people desperate to look and feel better. They pay because they so desperately want to believe that there is indeed a miracle just waiting to happen for them.

The sad fact is that there are very good reasons to be concerned. South Africans are considered to be among the fattest in the world. More than seventy percent of women are considered to be either overweight or obese. The statistics for men and young people are not much better. Experts agree that South Africans generally do not have healthy eating habits and that they do not exercise regularly. Thousands of people need to lose weight urgently.

Overweight people are prone to a host of serious diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and even some types of cancer. In addition they often find it difficult to move around and they experience extreme discomfort in the joints and feet. Making a firm decision to regain a healthy weight is a sensible step.

The problem is that too many overweight people want to see miraculous results. They do not want to give up their favourite foods and they do not want to follow a diet that requires discipline. Instead, they want to drink a few drops of a special preparation, take a few pills each day or observe a diet plan that allows them to enjoy all their favourite foods. This is simply not going to happen. To lose weight it is vital to observe a balanced exercise program and a diet that is supported and underwritten by experts in the field. There are no miracle programs. Obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight requires a permanent change in lifestyle.

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The history of holiday and the holy days of history

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The history of holiday

              …………………  and the holy days of history

The very nature of work (and play for that matter) has changed over the ages. Some people did not work at all! In ancient China, the top notch royalty grew their nails so long it curved and curled into elaborate symbols of importance to prove one’s aristocratic background. The nails were decorated and displayed, and the people attached to these appendages had to be fed and dressed, washed and pampered. Try as I might to respect the customs of every culture, it seems pretty strange to me. But such is cultural conditioning, and what is respected by one culture is abhorred by another. How different is modern day China and the worldwide perception that the Chinese are the most hard-working people!

Customs and beliefs about work

In the caste systems of some cultures, certain labours are designated unclean, whereas I was raised to believe that all labour is ennobling. Whether you polish the silver of the cathedral or clean the toilets of the station, every job is important to keep the world going around. The millionaire mogul of a multi-national company is not more important than the man who removes the weeds in the wheat field. Everybody needs bread after all. What is important is whether you do the work with integrity and treat other people with decency. Like most cultural conditioning, this belief has served me more-or-less half the time.

Holy days

The word “holiday” comes from the holy days of religious festivals, when workers were given leave to attend worship or celebration, or the commemoration of an event, (like a king coming into power or a war ending). On these days people were exempt from work. On all other days people worked.

Fun and relaxation

It is a recent development in the history of mankind that one does and should have time for rest and recreation. And we jolly-well need it! Modern life is fast! The world is changing rapidly due to the advances in technology. The holding and supportive structures of the old rhythms and customs are no longer available to most of us. There is a price to pay for the freedom to do what we want: We are expected to do EVERYTHING!

That is why the re-creation of a holiday is essential. On holiday we create ourselves anew, so that we can be up to the demands of modern life.

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