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throw work at any problem. I'm not sure any workaholic can ever say
that they're really happy, but I keep pinching myself to make sure I'm
telling myself the truth, and you know what? I'm a lot happier than I've
been in a long, long time.”
Many people use the Internet to gather information about emotional
problems. The purposes of finding information about one's problems are:
(1) to provide information; (2) to gain insight; (3) to find solutions; (4) to
stimulate discussion of problems; (5) to suggest new values and attitudes;
and (6) to understand how others have coped with problems similar to
one's own ( Pardeck, 1995 ).
Novels, poetry, music, films and videos can also be particularly useful
because they often depict issues that many of us are trying to resolve in our
own lives (problems with children, problems at work, relationship pro-
blems, and problems with drinking and other addictions, for example).
When we work with clients, we help them find articles online that
will give them some understanding of their problem and will also help
them resolve it. We try to use articles that are written in a clear and
understandable way. Many professional articles are written for other pro-
fessionals and are difficult to understand if you have no background or
training in the mental health profession.
Jenny Blair is a 62-year-old accountant and a workaholic. She works 80
hours a week and sometimes more. The amount of work she gets done
isn't at all in keeping with the number of hours she works, and Jenny has
begun to realize that much of the time she puts into her work is wasted.
She doesn't understand this at all, and the anger her long hours have pro-
duced in her husband threatens their marriage. I helped Jenny find a
number of useful articles about workaholics. One in particular about per-
fectionism hit a core in Jenny, and she began to talk about her per-
fectionistic mother who was also fearful and anxious much of the time.
Jenny wondered to what extent her mother's perfectionism had affected
her. The more articles she found on her own the more she was able to
self-diagnose and treat the problem. She told the counselor:
“I've always been able to figure out what to do when I have a problem but in the
past 5 years as I get closer to retirement I've begun putting in many more hours
than are needed to do the work. The articles I read suggested that this was a form
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