Dr. Anthony Centore, on behalf of Thrive Boston Counseling, was quoted this week in the Boston Business Journal. The article was titled “Married to the job: A look at the work spouse phenom” and explored the new trend of persons claiming to have an “Office Spouse.”
A link to the online version of the article is available here (see link) and an excerpt is provided below.
“Work spouse is a catchy phrase that describes something that’s been happening for a long time,” said Anthony Centore, founder and principal therapist at Thrive Boston Counseling and Psychotherapy in Cambridge. “You spend much more time in the office with co-workers than you do with your actual spouse. So it’s not surprising that these relationships form.”…
Centore points to other psychological benefits, such as feeling understood and cared for, trust and friendship. But there are potential emotional dangers with work spouse relationships that can spill over into the workplace — or even onto the home front.
“It gets dangerous when people begin opening up too much to people at work while simultaneously becoming distant from their real spouse,” Centore said. “Since there’s no family baggage in a work relationship, some folks may fantasize about how this could be an ideal relationship. That’s the dark side of the work spouse phenomenon.”