I am guessing this happens in every profession. Don’t you hate it when people make comments that completely belittle what you do for living?
I remember once the company I worked for was in talks to be purchased by another. And they pulled all the employees together in the auditorium to make us feel better about it. The new director of marketing from the acquiring company stood there and talked about how helpful I was. But with all these words and phrases that made it sound like I was her secretary rather than a graphic designer with 10 years experience.
Part of it, she was just clueless. Part of it, I was overly sensitive.
Back in college we had these reviews of our work that certainly taught me to have a thick skin. Once professor in particular was great and finding our weaknesses, and tears. Since then there have been many times when people have described what I do with inappropriate terms or in ways that make it seem trivial. Sometimes to make themselves feel more puffed up, sometimes to put me down – and, again, sometimes they’re just clueless.
The hard part is figuring out when you should get mad and stand up for yourself and when you should let it roll off your back.
Do you let someone insult you to your face and smile?
Especially when you can’t figure out if they’re just clueless… or mean.