Are All Office Affairs Risky?
Q: : I have a problem. Well, two problems, really. First of all, I think my boss is hitting on me and I'm not sure what to do about it. Second is she's hot and I want to hook up with her. But I know if it goes bad, it could go real bad. She could screw up my job if things don't work out. But she's hot! And I don't want to miss this chance. I really think she's into me. Not sure if I should go for it and see what happens. - Craig, 24
Dr. Susan: Listen closely: if you decide to "go for it and see what happens," you're a moron. You'd be shutting down your brain and following some stray hormones instead. I urge you to "miss the chance" to mess up your life, rather than worrying about missing a chance to hook up with someone inappropriate. Steer clear of her, don't be alone with her unnecessarily, and take her flirtiness as a pleasant joke. Not all bosses think things through, just like not all employees think with their brains. If you value your job, why risk it for a roll in the hay?
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Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, relationship expert, and bestselling and award-winning author. Her books include Loving in Flow: How the Happiest Couples Get and Stay That Way, and Kylie's Heel, a novel for adults.
Pamela G. Chollet, Ph.D.
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