Burnout is a modern affliction. It affects all types of people, especially those who work under pressure, deal frequently with others, and expect a lot from themselves. It is particularly prevalent among those who tend to set unrealistic goals for themselves, a by-product of having an unflappable drive to succeed and an excess of external pressure. Often such people grow bored with and unresponsive to their work, taking too long to make even the simplest decisions, and completing the most basic tasks in twice the usual time. For burnout victims, life is not as fulfilling as it might be.
Some critics say that the burnout syndrome is nothing new, that it is simply depression with a new label. But there is evidence that burnout differentiates itself from depression, and that both its cause and remedy are distinctive.
Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger discusses the unique qualities of this modern-day malady in his book Burn-Out: The High Cost of High Achievement. In it, he describes how burnout occurs in students, workers, and family members, and offers sound solutions to combat it.
To find out if you are fighting with the frazzles, take the following quiz, which is adapted from Freudenberger's book. Rate yourself in terms of the five-point scale that follows each question, where 1 equals "a little bit" and 5 equals "very much so."
Are You Burned Out?
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