Being a workaholic doesn't just mean being a hard worker, says Robinson, a psychotherapist and professor at the University of North Carolina who has been studying people's work habits for years. It means you've got a progressively worsening addiction like any other, in which work becomes the substance
you use in an attempt to meet your unconscious psychological needs. Robinson calls workaholism the "best-dressed addiction," because it's often rewarded--at least in the short term--and is seen as a positive attribute by people who don't understand the destruction it can cause. Chained to the Desk
provides worksheets to help you recognize whether you or someone close to you is a work addict, case studies that demonstrate workaholic ways of thinking, and treatment methods that involve the entire family. It sheds considerable light on a topic that mental-health professionals often don't recognize--in part because, as Robinson points out, many of them are workaholics themselves. --Ben Kallen, Personal Growth editor
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From Publishers Weekly
sychology professor and psychotherapist Bryan E. Robinson (Don't Let Your Mind Stunt Your Growth) trains his practiced eyes on the workplace in Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them. He addresses major issues such as what spouses can do to help a workaholic partner or themselves; technology's enabling role (via Dictaphones, the Internet, cell phones) in work addiction; and the contention that "working dads face as much work-family stress as moms do." In chapters like "Treating Work Addiction as a Family Disease" and "The Childhoods of Workaholics," Robinson begins with a case study and then explores the various beliefs, motivations and fears that propel people to overwork. This useful, well-turned guide will serve therapists and the many people affected by the disease equally well.
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