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These Comics About Work Anxieties Are Painfully Real

Dance like nobody is watching. Email like it will one day be read in a deposition. (Excerpts from "No Hard Feelings" by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy.)

Posted on January 31, 2019, at 12:12 p.m. ET

In No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, authors and illustrators Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy offer advice on navigating the professional world without shutting out your emotions. Below are some of our favorite illustrations about the anxieties that come with being on the job.


1. When thereโ€™s no such thing as a โ€œsimpleโ€ decision.

2. When you canโ€™t stop reading between the lines.

3. When the facts get lost.

4. When life is scarier than fiction.

5. When the next thing always seems better.

6. When you just need a good scream.

7. When the pain is real.

8. When you discover a whole new fear.

9. When you start somewhere new.

10. Group tasks when youโ€™re an introvert.

11. What you wish you could explain to the world.

12. And the prescription that will set you free.

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy is available Feb. 5.

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