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What Is Emotional Labor, Really? You Might Be Surprised

MIREL ZAMAN

PHOTO: AHMED GOMAA/XINHUA VIA GETTY.

Here is a not-at-all-comprehensive list of times I’ve incorrectly used the term “emotional labor”:

— To express my exasperation when my husband asked me where in our apartment we keep the batteries.
— When commiserating with a friend whose mother-in-law expected only her to write all of the thank you notes for her recent wedding…

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