A psychoanalytic-existential approach to burnout: Demonstrated in the cases of a nurse, a teacher, and a manager

Ayala Malach Pines

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Abstract

A psychoanalytic-existential approach to understanding and treating burnout is presented and demonstrated in the cases of a nurse, a teacher, and a manager. According to the existential perspective, the root cause of burnout lies in people's need to find existential significance in their lives and their sense that the work they do does not provide it. The reason why people choose to derive a sense of significance through a particular career is explained by the psychoanalytic perspective, which attributes it to significant childhood experiences and family of origin dynamic. A treatment approach based on the psychoanalytic-existential approach is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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