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The traditional definition of burnout

The traditional definition of burnout

Burnout can be defined as a combination of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficiency. People who feel burned out may experience a lack of emotional energy to attend to their work, withdraw from colleagues and customers, and may feel incompetent as a result.

But not everyone experiences burnout in the same way. A better framework can help to understand the many subtypes of burnout.

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The types of burnout

  • The frenetic worker. Despite feeling overloaded and overwhelmed with work, you work increasingly harder, ignoring your own needs to the point of exhaustion.
  • The under-challenged worker. You have to cope with monotonous conditions that fail to provi...

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Burnout: Coping mechanisms

Researchers listed fifteen different coping strategies commonly used by people experiencing burnout. Not all coping mechanisms are constructive.

  1. Social support
  2. Humour
  3. Better planning of workload
  4. Restraint
  5. Focus on solving the problem
  6. Perso...

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