What is the difference between a horror story and an action adventure?

Horror v/s Action

On the left is a movie about an evil spirit that is way more powerful than ordinary mortals.

On the right is also a movie about an evil spirit that is way more powerful than ordinary mortals.

Here’s the big difference:

Taking action

It’s a horror story when the victim is helpless and overpowered. It’s an action adventure when the protagonist can hit back, often on equal terms. They are not helpless.

What does this have to do with job hunting?

Last week, a developer at my client gave her 2 weeks notice, because the environment had become too toxic for her. Later over lunch we got to talking about her job hunt. About how inefficient and frustrating the process can be. She was feeling pretty low - after all, even bringing up the topic can make any developer’s blood boil. But giving in to hopelessness is no solution either, so in an effort to make her brighten up, I brought up the horror-vs-action analogy.

Which movie would you rather be the protagonist of?

And if you’re in a horror movie, how do you turn it into an action-adventure flick?

You take action. You focus on what you can do, and trust that it will all work out.

When the Mummy screams at you: Mummy

You scream right back. Fraser

Or as Dr. Viktor Frankl would put it in a more serious way:

Frankl