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Possible reasons for burnout

  • Declining church attendance could be one reason with less than half of the population attending church. Wellness, mindfulness, and meditation are secularised versions of prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and worship. However, many Christians also suffer from burnout.
  • Another is overwork, but every generation claims enormous economic and social upheaval and changes in the labour market.
  • Burnout is a combat metaphor. Many feel like work is a battlefield, and daily life like a struggle. People from all walks of life feel worn down, wiped out, battered and battle-scarred.

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Burnout as an occupational phenomenon

Burnout as an occupational phenomenon

To suffer from burnout is to be used up, like a spent battery that can't be recharged. Defining symptoms are exhaustion, cynicism, and loss of productivity.

The World Health Organization recognized burnout as an occupational phenomenon in 2019 but it is

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The world is suffering from burnout

The diagnosis suffers from two confusions:

  1. If everyone suffers from burnout, it's meaningless and just part of life.
  2. If burnout is a recent problem, then the question is what caused it?

The term 'burnout' g...

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Burnout is a modern problem

For philosopher Byung-Chul Han, burnout is depression and exhaustion - it is a sickness that plagues a society bent on excessive positivity and achievement to the point of self-destruction.

Burnout keeps on spreading. With the emergence of the internet, people start speaki...

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The term 'burnout' borrowed from drug users

Herbert J. Freudenberger, the psychologist who defined burnout, became involved in the 'free clinic' movement in the late 1960s. It was a community-based clinic that served alienated populations in the US, including hippies and drug abusers.

Volunteer staff helped with drug abuse treatment...

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Popularising burnout

Herbert J. Freudenberger, having experienced the state of burnout himself, wrote an essay on "staff burnout". He extended the idea to staff of all sorts, including attorneys, child-care workers, medical professionals and parents. He found burnouts everywhere and popularised the idea in interviews...

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Burnout sceptics

The press picked up on burnout and filled pages of newspapers and magazines with new categories of burned-out workers, from lists of symptoms to quizzes. Everyone suffered.

The sceptics fired back. "The new IN thing is 'burnout,'" a Time columnist wrote. "If you don't come do...

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