WOMAN AS HER OWN ENEMY IN CAREER PATH: SUPERMOM SYNDROME, INVISIBLE WOMAN SYNDROME AND CINDERELLA SYNDROME

Şafak GÜNDÜZ

The most important actors who face challenging conditions in organisations are undoubtedly the employees, who are the social capital of business life. The new roles emerging due to many changes put a great pressure on employees and the ones who have difficulty in combating them may have some psychological problems. There is “business etiquette” in organisations which are the places heavily intertwined with human relationships. Those professional relationships determined with unwritten rules are shaped with determinants such as organisational structure, culture and climate as well as individual characteristics of the employees. Individuals could not succeed in having healthy relationships due to organisational or personal reasons. Thus, some syndromes may occur which are not considered psychological illnesses, and can be studied within the frame of Organisational Behaviour discipline. The aim of this study is to affect the career dynamics of business life by creating awareness about a couple of syndromes that arise among women and harm them by weakening them in the struggle of business life. Three determined syndromes; Supermom Syndrome, Invisible Woman Syndrome and Cinderella Syndrome will be discussed in this study.

Key Words: Syndrome, Supermom Syndrome, Invisible Woman Syndrome, Cinderella Syndrome