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Mintle, L. (2002).  Breaking Free from Stress: How to Find Peace When Life's Pressures Overwhelm You.
"People fear losing their jobs and worry about their performances. Too many leave their employment feeling drained and used up. Obviously this leaves little to give to others, particularly family." (p. 63)
Levinson, H. (2006).  Harry Levinson on the Psychology of Leadership.
"When people in defeat deny their angry feelings, that denial of underlying, seething anger contributes to the sense of burnout.
If top executives fail to see these problems as serious, they may worsen the situation. If a company offers only palliatives like meditation and relaxation methods—temporarily helpful though they may be—victims of burnout may become further enraged. The sufferers know that their problem has to do with the nature of the job and not their capacity to handle it." (p. 29)
Jansen, J. (2003).  I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know It's Not This : A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work.
"Being bored or plateaued does not mean that you aren't working hard or that you don't have enough work to do. Being busy and dealing with the excessive stimulation that the workplace provides us with today have little to do with being bored. The combination of the two merely leads to a greater level of burnout." (p. 123)
White, W. L. (1997).  Incestuous Workplace: Stress and Distress in the Organizational Family.
"It is only proper that I should conclude by examining how to respond effectively to the victims of professional distress, for it was precisely the concern over such casualties that compelled the studies and consultation work that served as the foundation for this book. In the process of conducting those early studies, I had the very disquieting experience of listening for many hours to workers who were caught up in the incestuous dynamics and role conditions I've described here. I interviewed workers whose health self-destructed from sheer physical exhaustion, workers whose marriages were only memories, workers who fell victim to the self-medicating effects of alcohol and other drugs, and workers who fell apart emotionally. Nearly all of these individuals either left or were extruded from their work settings under conditions of extreme emotional pain. Many continued to struggle years later for emotional closure on their work experiences. They continued to seek some rational understanding of what happened to them and others in their organizations. Many of those leaving health and human services agencies received less respect, concern, and support than would have been extended to any client seeking services in the agencies in which they had worked. Such exiting workers often became the pariahs and untouchables of our field, and those of us who remained continued in our blindness or arrogance to see ourselves as immune, believing that what happened to them could not happen to us. If there is any message that collectively emerges from the stories of distressed workers, it is that we are all potential victims of these processes. Today's respected worker may be tomorrow's untouchable." (p. 297)
Thomas, M. (1998).  A New Attitude: Achieve Personal and Professional Success by Keeping a Positive Mental Outlook. A New Attitude.
"Speak up. If you're unhappy with some aspect of your job, talk it over with your boss. It won't do you any good to suffer in silence." (p. 90)
Jaffe, D. T., & Scott C. (1988).  Take This Job and Love It: How to Change Your Work Without Changing Your Job.
"Burnout is of epidemic proportions because of a delay in companies' responding to the new needs of their workforce, or mismatch between what people want from their job and what the job offers them. Burnout signals not that people are working too hard but that they are not used enough. It recedes when the individual worker is empowered to make the workplace different and when the company makes a commitment to serve its employees." (p. 39)
Cantor, D., & Thompson A. (2001).  What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?: Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life.
"Job burnout, write Maslach and Goldberg, with its feelings of frustration, ineffectiveness, or failure, is 'a particularly tragic endpoint for professionals who entered the job with positive expectations [and] enthusiasm.'" (p. 56)

See also: stress, boredom, job loss, helplessness, passion

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  • Concept: burnout
    • preferred: burnout
    • alternate: professional distress
    • definition: serious weakening and loss of energy
    • note: compare burnout to "professional distress" by W.H. White
    • related: stress
    • related: boredom
    • related: job_loss
    • related: helplessness
    • closeMatch:
    • keyword-115
    • antonym: passion
    • linked content:
      • sense: debilitation
      • sense: enervation
      • sense: enfeeblement
      • sense: exhaustion
      • debilitation
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: serious weakening and loss of energy
      • hyponym of:
      • synset id: 107331210
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