Basic Definition of Burnout
Since the mid 1970’s the phrase “burn out” has become somewhat of a “buzz word” for a variety of issues. Depending on whom you talk to “burnout” can be defined as a problem dealing with drug, alcohol abuse or the poor structure of an organization that leads to a decline in productivity.
What exactly does the word “burnout” mean? Many definitions are vague and blurry. This phrase can be explained in many ways. Here are a few ways to define burnout:
What creates burnout? This question is one that has been debated for several decades. One of the areas that seem to cause burnout for many individuals can be defined as “extreme idealism.” Although there is nothing wrong with having an intense hope and vision for your job, volunteer work or “calling” there certainly is a danger in expecting far too much.
There have often been those who take on a task or job with such zeal, anticipation, energy, hope and enthusiasm that soon into the task this over-exhortation will deplete them personally.
The practice of pacing oneself is absolutely essential to avoid burnout.
For those who suffer from “burnout” there are some studies that show unique characteristics in these individuals. Burnout prone individuals are:
Here are a few more definitions and explanations of burnout:
How are your dealing with the issue of burnout?