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The psychodynamics of burnout.

The relationship between fear and sorrow.

Peter Suijker • Boek • paperback

  • Samenvatting
    Burnout is not the result of hard work as such. It arises because a person constantly experiences mental stress in work and/or private life. The 'carrying capacity' and the 'carrying load' have been out of balance for too long. But what is the underlying psychological force, which leads to chronic stress and which is sometimes so persistent that someone gets a burnout again? And what inner change process is needed to prevent a relapse?

    The author answers these questions from integrative psychotherapy and illustrates his view with examples from his practice and personal life. The book provides concise and at the same time in-depth insight into the psychological cause and the treatment of burnout and is recommended for coaches, counselors, psychotherapists and their clients.

    Peter Suijker (1965) studied sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, management consultancy at the Free University Amsterdam and integrative psychothera-py at the Dutch Academy for Psychotherapy. He has a coaching and psychotherapy practice in Rotterdam.

    Information and contact: www.petersuijker.nl
  • Productinformatie
    Binding : Paperback
    Distributievorm : Boek (print, druk)
    Formaat : 130mm x 210mm
    Aantal pagina's : 117
    Uitgeverij : Pacem Uitgeverij
    ISBN : 9789463455930
    Datum publicatie : 02-2019
  • Inhoudsopgave
    Introduction 7

    1. Signal ‘Fire under control’ 11
    Environmental dynamics - Psychodynamics

    2. Unresolved 17

    3. The relationship between fear and sorrow 21
    Sorrow - Anger - Forms of expression

    4. Protection modes 31
    Unconsciously - Qualities - Self-image - Breaking point

    5. When the wall falls 43
    Risk profile - Depression - Counteraction

    6. Autonomous position 53
    Concrescence - Insufficient autonomy - External control orientation - Morbid gain

    7. Brain and burnout 61
    Hormones - Plasticity - Brain evolution

    8. Phases in burnout counselling 69
    Rest - Into the deep - Change in work - Getting to work

    9. Change in psychodynamics 77
    Directing - Center of gravity in personality - Imagination - Complex

    10. Victor 89
    Failed - Emotional intelligence - In search of the fear - To the sorrow - Integration - Back

    Notes 103

    Literature 111

    About the author 117
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    \"When the protection wall falls\"
    This personally affecting book is such an inspiring read for those suffering from burnout or suffering along with people who are burnt out. The book is an earnest and enlightening inquiry into the essence of burnout. Peter Suijker is the perfect guide to lead you through the complexities of burnout, related emotions and feelings. The accounts of his personal and therapeutic experiences are informative and inspiring. If you want to understand your own journey through burnout, read this book. It will give you a sight of relief and most importantly, hope that you can be healed.

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From Introduction:

It has got out of hand a little. Once meant as a few pages to explain to my clients what my approach is to (the prevention of) burnout, this text grew to the size of a real article and eventually it became a book. All this knowing that 'limiting' is a central topic in dealing with stress.

The theme ‘chronic stress’ affects me not only personally - I once had it myself as you will read later on - but it also has, and undoubtedly for this reason, my professional interest. In my practice for coaching and psychotherapy I regularly accompany people who have had to lay down their work temporarily because of chronic stress. This is almost always a very unpleasant and fierce experience, which is accompanied by physical complaints and psychological pain.

Although the lives and problems of people are unique, it is possible to recognize the specific psychological forces that underlie chronic stress. It is essential to understand and change these psychodynamics, especially if cognitive insight into one's own functioning turns out to be insufficient to be able to change one's own behavior after a burnout. Sometimes there are unconscious forces working in a person that continue to cause emotional instability. By changing these psychodynamics, it is possible to achieve a new, lasting balance in a person's personality, enabling to make healthy choices in work and private situations. Of course, this does not eliminate any form of tension, but life can be lived without chronic stress.

From chapter 3 about fear and sorrow:
A person uses his fear to prevent this, for example by being alert that people will continue to like him and not reject him. In other words, there is an inner alliance between fear and sorrow, with sorrow as a victim and fear as a savior. The fear takes care of the sorrow (and thus actually strives for happiness). Just as 'fear of failure' wants to prevent the grief from falling short in the eyes of another person and being rejected. Or like ‘seperation anxiety' which is to counter the sorrow of being alone. Or like ‘mysophobia' (fear for contamination and germs) exists to save someone from having to bear the grief to be ill or die. So as human beings we need our fear to prevent sorrow, while paradoxically fear itself does not make us happy. ×