Roberts, ). Burnout was first described by Herbert. Freudenberger in , and since then, several hundred sci- entific studies on this mental condition have . The concept of staff burnā€out is explored in terms of the physical signs and the behavioral indicators. There is a discussion of how the cognitive, the judgmental . How bad is your burnout? that describes a stage model of burnout developed by psychologists Herbert Freudenberger and Gail North.

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Tell someone “I’m sick” or “I’m tired” and you’re not really giving the freudenbegger much information. Do you have a mild cold or a dreaded disease? Are you a new parent who hasn’t slept in months or did you just enjoy the party last night a little too much?

Herbert Freudenberger – Wikipedia

Burnout is the same. It comes in freudenberber degrees, from your common “I can’t wait for happy hour” variety, to far more serious “I need a six-month sabbatical to reevaluate my life” burnout.


The appropriate response for various stages is very different. So how do you know how burned out you are exactly? Science, apparently, can help.

Recently, 99U’s Hamza Khan dug up a classic Scientific American article subscription required that describes a stage model of burnout developed by psychologists Herbert Freudenberger and Gail North. Here are the stages the gerbert outline:.

The Compulsion to Prove Oneself: Values are skewed, friends and family dismissed, hobbies seen as irrelevant. Work freudenbrger the only focus. Denial of Emerging Problems: As you can see, symptoms of burnout range from mild but worrisome behaviors you probably encounter every day at work perceiving colleagues as stupid, cynicism to utter collapse.

Obviously, you want to avoid the most severe ones, but the trick to doing that is herbeft pay attention to more subtle signs rather than dismissing them as an unavoidable part of a hard-charging professional life. It’s easier to cure any condition if you catch it early, after all, and that includes burnout.


So don’t shrug off early warning signs just because they seem mild. If they’re ignored, far bigger problems could be lurking down the road.

What should you do if you recognize yourself in this breakdown of the stages of burnout? There are lots of tips on how to nip burnout in the budas well freuudenberger expert advice on coping with stresseven if you have a high-pressure job.

Here are the stages the scientists outline: