‘Workaholism’ or burn out?

Ines Perrin, psychologue clinicienne francophone, centre de Londres

In our modern society where competition gets harder and harder, high value is given to hard working people and people often define themselves by how busy and successful they are in their profession or their career. In this context, overworking is often highly valued by organisations (and we understand why) and the general public and socially accepted. We can distinguee two types of workaholic: the ‘enthusiastic’ workaholic for whom working hard produces satisfaction and fulfilment but who is also able to cut the link and the connection with the organisation and enjoy other things in his life, has hobbies, exercise, spend time with friends and family etc..  And the unenthusiastic workaholic who responds to strong internal pressure, feels unable to cut the link with the organisation and follows a compulsion to work hard.