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Feeling Burned Out? Here’s What to Do.

Feeling Burned Out? Here’s What to Do.

Want to stay current with Arthur’s writing? Sign up to get an email every time a new column comes out. In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Alyosha, the novel’s central protagonist, asks his father for permission to join a monastery, where he seeks to purify his soul and sanctify his work. Cynical and half-drunk, Alyosha’s father makes a prediction about what monastic life will do to the saintly youngster: “You will burn and you will burn out.” Not until nearly a century after the novel’s 1880 appearance did social science come up with a definition of what that phrase, burn out, meant. In 1974, the German American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger supplied a definition of the noun burn-out as the state of being “exhausted by making extreme demands on energy, strength, or resources” from one’s job, which would cause one “to become ineffective in achieving the intents and purposes.” If you are feeling burned out in your work, you are far from alone. In 2015, 51 percent of American corporate workers surveyed said that they had …