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Work Addiction Workaholic

Posted by on Friday, June 19, 2009, 13:54
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Everyone know the word alcoholic, but i don’t think it is really an accurate term. Workaholic implies an analogy between addiction to work and addition to alcohol. Yet the two addictions are really quite different.

For example, we could describe a person who drinks too much as being “out of control”. An alcoholic can’t control his or her behavior respect to drinking.

As the addiction to alcohol progresses, this lack of control eventually expresses itself in obvious ways, trembling, falling down, car accidents, difficulty in sleeping or walking up, and all sorts of other signs that the person’s physical, intellectual, and emotional guidance systems aren’t operating properly.

This may even be a kind of unconscious goal or strategy on the part of some alcoholics, one which is related to the psychoanalytic view of alcoholism as an attempt to deal with unsatisfied needs that go back to infancy. When he loses control, the alcoholic returns to a condition in which other people are called upon to take care of him.

Other may or may not agree to do this, but the out of control alcoholic is asking for , or even demanding, assistance in basic life tasks. The so called workaholic is doing something very different. The so called workaholic is doing something very different.

While alcoholism can often be an almost childlike way of reaching out to people, working all the time is a turning away from others. It is withdrawal into an area of life in which control is called for, and in which mastery is held in high regard. Beneath the behavior of an alcoholic there may be an underlying infantile fantasy, but the workaholic portrays himself or herself as a total adult.

The control fantasy that gives rise to work addiction almost always derives from a sense that other areas of life are beyond one’s control. More specifically, workaholic often feel unequipped to deal with the stresses of family relationships: ‘Don’t bother me, i’ve got to work” seems like a respectable or even an admirable way out.

I’ve always felt that seriousness is a quite toxic  state of mind, and the workaholic has a deep investment in seriousness, work is serious, he is serious about work, therefore he should be taken very seriously. But in fact all the work is a retreat from responsibilities that may be more truly serious than a workaholic want to admit.

If you are devoting every walking minute to your work, ask yourself whether this is really a necessity, or a choice. What might you be called upon to do if your work weren’t so supremely important? Once you become comfortable in other areas of your life, you will no longer need the refuge that work has provided.

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1 Response to “Work Addiction Workaholic”

  1. 24 November, 2010, 17:23

    Hi, my name is Stephanie and I work with MysticArt Pictures.  We are casting a docu-series for a major network about maintaining a healthy life-work balance.  We are looking for workaholic parents whose schedules are effecting their family lives.  I would love it if you could post this on your website, or direct it to friends or family whom it may affect.

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