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Workaholism. Is it a disease?

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Today, psychologists are seriously concerned that the “epidemic of laboraggolism” is spreading in many countries of the former Soviet Union at an alarming rate.

So far, we are only talking about stating a fact. No serious steps have been taken to overcome this problem so far, but specialists are trying to draw public attention to this rather serious social problem.

What is the danger of this problem?


We are used to admiring the hard work of the Japanese, who are probably the main feature of their national mentality.

However, any medal, alas, has the opposite side. The name of the Japanese city of Karoshi, which gave the name to the medical syndrome, became commonplace. It was in this city that an employee of one of the firms died as a result of a twelve-hour work.

And, it was not about forced overtime work.

This is the wrong side of the “work mentality” of the Japanese. But this problem does not concern only this country.

What is wrong with a person being used to being proud of the results of his work?


First of all, the fact that a person is born for a full life, and the established dependence makes him one-sided.

Besides, the system of values is distorted. The meaning of work gradually loses its meaning, only the process is important. And the opportunity to be proud of this process.

Work does not become a source of well-being for oneself or the family, or a means of creating something, but only a way to assert oneself.

It is not shameful to be proud of the results of your work. Sometimes you have to stay up late at night for the good of the cause. But we should not be proud of this, but of the result of this “sitting dormant”, of what is created as a result of such hard work.

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It is easy to see that we have started talking about a typical workaholic.

It would seem that such an employee is irreplaceable and undemanding – just a find for any employer. And many managers think so too.

However, we should also take into account the impact it has on others. The family members of a workaholic suffer the most. Indeed, very often they are guilty of his desire to hide from life at work. But they also suffer from this passion.

Everybody suffers, the gap between people is widening, the workaholic is getting deeper and deeper into the passion that slowly kills him. Gradually arising serious health problems are a burden on him and his family.

Ripped out of the usual environment workaholic becomes irritable, grumpy, and at times – just aggressive. This condition is comparable to the condition of an alcoholic, who can not satisfy his passion for alcohol.

In addition, the workaholic lives in a state of constant stress. The thought of the imminent end of the case terrifies him. Any failure, even insignificant, is perceived as a disaster.

For a workaholic, the evaluation of his work by the management and colleagues is the highest goal of all labor activity. And if this assessment is manifested in the form of a minor “care” of him, the self-esteem of the workaholic significantly increases, and with it increases the motivation to work.