My dean (who is on the way to becoming Provost at another university, thank Doug almighty) and now our new university president have both repeatedly stated, "We are family." This makes me queasy, since past employers who have said this then proceeded to all manner of abuse. Whenever our dean, who's been a walking disaster (name the abuse, and it's happened) says, "We are family," I want to yell back, "Oh no, we're NOT! In MY family, we treat each other with RESPECT!" Am I just being overly touchy? Or have any of you miserable bastards (hi, Archie!) had similar experience? Isn't it pathological (in a manner not unlike Katie) to think of colleagues as family?