The Psychology of BurnoutwithGerald Loren Fishkin

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Gerald Loren Fishkin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. He is author of The Science of Shame and Its Treatment. He is also author of American Dream, American Burnout; Police Burnout: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions; and Firefighter and Paramedic Burnout: The Survival Guide.

Here he points out that burnout occurs when an individual becomes completely depleted of emotional resources. This often happens when traumatic experiences occur in the workplace, and are not processed thereafter. It may also result from working conditions that appear to lack meaning and/or soulfulness. Individuals in the helping professions are vulnerable, particularly when they hold unrealistic expectations for the rewards of their job. Fishkin discusses situations in which burnout can lead to violent behaviors.

(Recorded on July 10, 2016)

Published on October 30, 2016


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