• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on Five Jerks You’ll Meet at Work Based on Characters from The Office

  1. ??? There are only four distinct items on this list (I guess the second item is being counted as two but it’s lazy), most of the gifs are astoundingly low quality, “cookie” in the first gif refers to sex in its original context, and the second item of this list is stigmatizing of mental illness. I’m surprised this was published by BU Today. An attempt to be like Buzzfeed, I guess?

      1. It is unfortunate that the second example lumped two very different types of people. Although I have no need for dramatic, emotional or erratic behavior, I do value people who are deemed oddballs and eccentrics since add diversity to the workplace.

        1. “Odd, eccentric” behavior are the words used by psychologists when the behavior crosses into personality disorders, as the story noted. Those disorders are outlined in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, the mental health field’s gospel. Thank you for reading and for commenting.

    1. Your whining over this piece is hilarious. This is in part why Trump won the election, because normal people are sick of hypersensitive left-wing crying over non-issues. Go work in an actual office for a decade and then come back and comment again lol, this article is spot on.

  2. As a huge fan of The Office and someone who enjoys reading articles from BU Today, I am very disappointed to see a link made between mental health and jerk employees. People diagnosed with a mental health challenge face stigma in the workplace already. By normalizing that someone who may have these traits is a bad employee furthers the stigma and discrimination they already face. To say that that someone who is an “oddball eccentric or dramatic, emotional, or erratic” has a personality disorder and linking it with the DSM is just offensive.

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