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FEEL THE BURNOUT

Work getting to be a drag? It’s not just you

WHAT IS IT?

In the 1970s, New York psychologist Herbert Freudenberger felt overworked, but also like he wasn’t accomplishing anything—a confusing combination. After some expert self-analysis, he determined that he wasn’t suffering simply from exhaustion or depression. Rather, he identified a new condition, which he termed burnout, after the listless drug addicts he treated who’d watch their cigarettes burn down instead

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