1. I am guessing that the Inner Child is somehow felt to be your true self, an honest free spirit untouched by the vicissitudes of adult life, and if you can get in touch with it that is a good thing. The Inner Job Applicant, however, is a mendacious semi-fraud who builds up and presents a false face to the world in order to win paid employment through a tissue of half-truths and exaggerations. Neither the Inner Child nor the Inner Job Applicant are the “real” you, but current you and the Inner Child both dislike the fraudulent needy Job Applicant.

    Of course, a “Job Applicant”, being an external front to the world, is not really “Inner” in the way the Inner Child was left behind in the past core of your soul as you grew up – except to the extent that you subsequently internalise adult functions like Job Applicancy, Parenting, Bill Paying into your overall character.

  2. I think it would have worked better if the joke were about reconnecting to one’s childhood imaginary friend, since one’s job application persona is an imaginary colleague.

  3. Your inner job applicant is servile and desperate to please “pick ME!” Hard for your true self to respect.

  4. To me it seems that the joke is about saying a sentence that’s supposed to end with something a child can relate to, such as this: “…we both hate the same thing — namely, people who pretend to be your friend just to copy your homework.”

    but instead ends with something children aren’t supposed to understand, like this: “…we both hate the same thing — namely, fiduciary investment funds.”

    And it’s true, most children don’t like fiduciary investment funds or job applications, but mostly because they just don’t know what those are.

    (Incidentally, “fiduciary” is my go-to word when trying to use boring sentences that make other people’s eyes glaze over.)

  5. @J-L: “(Incidentally, “fiduciary” is my go-to word when trying to use boring sentences that make other people’s eyes glaze over.)”

    Well, it worked for me just now.

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