The term ‘workaholic’ is sometimes used to refer to anyone who works hard, but in reality it refers to a state of affairs with frightening effects on mental health and interpersonal relationships.
This is what psychotherapist Ana Jovanovic, tells us, by analyzing that the phenomenon takes place when the passion for work and personal development turns into obsession, negatively affecting body and mind.
The Nobel Coaching and Tutoring Mental Health Specialist shares the 5 signs that something is wrong with our work obsession.
“The workaholic feels anxious when not working”
The workaholic seeks pleasure from the act itself and not the result of his work, which gives him a sense of relief and meaning. If you are not feeling well in your spare time anyway, Jovanovic suggests, it’s time to consult the experts.
“The workaholic always turns work into his first priority”
If you put the job above your family, your spare time, and even your physical health, things will not look promising. “The workman puts work above all else. And while working consistently can be very difficult, it’s even harder when not working, ”explains the expert.
“The workaholic leaves little to no time for other aspects of life”
Leisure is not at all an option for workaholics, as they try to keep working and not have gaps in their schedule. “They create networks of relationships where others need them all the time,” Jovanovic points out, and they can’t spend time with family, friends, hobbies or even themselves.
“The Workaholic doesn’t understand the problem”
As with most types of addiction, the workman will never claim to suffer from it. Instead, he will blame the circumstances, his demanding boss, the competitive nature of his job, etc. “Working long hours is a socially acceptable way of overcoming the other major problems of your life,” Jovanovic points out.
“The workaholic is not happy”
People who are passionate about their work and devote a good portion of their energy to what they do are not workaholics. The way to understand the workaholic, the expert explains, is from the simple fact that he is not happy: “he feels an overwhelming need to work overtime” in order to “nourish the negative emotions that arise when he is not working” …