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of anxiety and that letting go of work was difficult for many people as they got
older. I guess many of us start wondering if we're going to be useless when we stop
working. I found the articles very helpful and talking to them with my counselor
sort of helped use the information in the articles to focus on my problems”.
“I found many articles just using the word 'workaholic' in a Goggle search. I
also used words like 'perfectionists' and 'adult anxiety.' Once I got proficient at
using the Internet I was able to use my husband's website at his work which
allowed me to read professional articles on a browser called 'EbsoHost,' a social sci-
ence and psychology website. I also found good material on 'Psych Abstracts.'
Some of the articles were a bit difficult to understand but my husband, who's a
statistician, helped me out. Knowing that I was trying to do something to help
myself really motivated him to help me.”
“Counseling is usually just 50 minutes long once a week. That doesn't
mean you can't do some work when you're away from counseling. I did and what
was a really upsetting and intrusive problem began to resolve itself in less than 10
weeks. I think that's pretty good considering how nutty I was getting and how
angry my husband was starting to get. I work normal hours now and enjoy my
marriage and I'm actively looking forward to retiring in a few years. I've worked
hard all my life and I deserve some quality time. I may work part-time or I may
not. Right now it just feels good to be normal again.”
One of the more common workplace problems in America today is that
of workaholic behavior. As the chapter notes, hardworking individuals
should not be confused with workaholics, and neither should people be
thought of as workaholic if their jobs are demanding and require a great
deal of time spent on work. Workaholics are those individuals who work
hard for reasons that are dysfunctional and often include using work to
fill in lonely time rather than dealing with loneliness, perfectionism, fear
of failing, and a host of other problems that are better dealt with in
counseling than through long, often unproductive hours spent on work.
Ten types of workaholics are noted in the chapter. Irrational ideas that
often lead to workaholic behavior are also provided along with several
types of counseling that have potential to reduce workaholic behavior.
Several case studies are provided that demonstrate how specific types of
counseling can help change workaholic behavior.
Carroll, J. J., & Robinson, B. E. (2000). Depression and parentification among adults as
related to paternal workaholism and alcoholism. The Family Journal , 8 ,33 41.
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