Our expert says:
There are of course advantages and disadvantages to spouses sharing the same profession. Sounds though like this situation is less an invitation to envy, as to ponder why there appears to have been discrimination. It doesn't sound as though he himself has in any way disadvantaged you, but that there's something odd in the accreditation process - is there something in the small print you overlooked ? Or maybe sexism on the part of the accreditors ?
I don't know which profession you're speaking of, but I think the law should REQUIRE any such board to disclose to any unsuccessful candidate the grouds for their problem and how they can correct it.
As Maria suggests, counselling could also help, to understand better this larger issue of feeling like an underdog not entitled to an opinion - there could probably be better ways you could deal with such situations to represent yourself more successfully.
Are your in-laws genuinely "shoving this in your face" ( highly uncivilized behaviour if so ) or is this also a reflection of this broader concern of yours . Its natural and splendid for them to congratulate him - surely not something they're doing simply to make you feel bad ?
And I'm concerned that your approach to this ( such as not discussing it with your husband or your own family ) is condemning you to face this all on your own).
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