Our expert says:
Sounds like he's giving up, which is clearly unwise. His ego and pride have obviously already been injured, but the way he is choosing to react to this is only making it worse. These are awful times in which to be looking for any sort of job, due to the state of the economy and the often daft and changing rules of the state's clumsy reactions to the viral epidemic. But it's still worth trying, and using creativity to think of new opportunities. I'd think that there is and will be a need for architects who can think about the implications of the virus, ventilation, social distancing, etc. And who has thoughtful ideas about how to economically revise and alter existing buildings to increase public safety.
Of course it's understandable that you feel worried, stressed and become irritable : but those reactions in terms of being critical and angry can be counter-productive.
Look out for every little thing he does, even accidentally, in the right direction and commend these enthusiastically. Encourage him to explore new ways to use the time he now has available to develop new ideas and skills as I advise above ; and encourage him not to be too proud in the current financial crisis, to take other forms of work, humbly, that would at least bring in some funds and, also very important, to help him keep up the basic good habits of Working.
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