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Chained to the Desk (Second Edition): A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them Paperback – November 1, 2007

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Along with readable stories that illustrate the problems of work addiction, Robinson offers real information on how to remedy it. Once again he leads the way in treatment of this serious disorder, at a time when others continue to minimize it. An important resource for everyone concerned with the damage workaholism causes to self, family, and career.”
-Gayle Porter,Rutgers University



Praise for the first edition:

“Psychology professor and psychotherapist Bryan E. Robinson trains his practiced eyes on the workplace in Chained to the Desk. 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-tuned guide will serve therapists and the many people affected by the disease equally well.”
-Publishers Weekly



“Workaholics, their families, friends, and colleagues will welcome this comprehensive guide book. Robinson approaches workaholism with pragmatic and effective strategies designed to overcome the resistance with which most workaholics greet attempts to change them. This is also the first book I know of to look closely at the effect of workaholism on family members and children, the people who often feel most strongly its effects.””
-John Bradshaw,author of Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child



“Robinson manages to cut to the heart of so many of today’s problems and offers practical suggestions for those of us who have suffered from work addiction. His book raises concern about the future of a nation that is chained to the desk, and for the children of parents who come home depleted and empty at the end of the day. A sober voice in a work-delirious culture.”
-Patricia Love,co-author of Hot Monogamy



“The many revealing case studies, self-analysis tools, and the autho’s personal story of his struggle with workaholism make for a thorough, solid package.”
-Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 2 edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814775977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814775974
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a frightening look at workaholism (the addiction to adrenaline) and the different forms in which it manifests itself. Dr. Robinson's words will hit home if you are or know a workaholic. The book includes information on how to recognize the symptoms, the disease's affect on partners, children and co-workers as well as descriptions of workaholic company cultures, and why this disease is encouraged instead of treated. The book gives some help on steps towards managing the disease from the Workaholics Anonymous 12 step program and other programs. Like all other addictions, Dr. Robinson points out that there's no easy fix, especially since the workaholic still has to work. But the disease is as life threatening as any other chemical addiction. There are lists of resources offered including programs, books and tapes. Keep this one nearby when you need the facts.
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CHAINED TO THE DESK has has been my inspirational guidebook for years in both my personal life and mental and public health practice. It has helped me remember the importance of balance in our work lives and the impact when that is lost. We throw ourselves into activity and work in the quest to be productive, and in the process however unwittingly put ourselves at risk of losing not only our sense of selves but also those who we love.

The book as such provides a unique contribution to the field of human addictions. Workaholism is under-recognized and appreciated and often misunderstood, adding to personal and interpersonal problems in functioning when not addressed. A must read for those struggling with work balance, their families and friends. Mental health professionals might not only gain special insight into their clients and ways to motivate them and help them heal, but also identify personal issues that interfere with living mindfully and being the most effective provider possible.

The author makes masterful use of case histories of those struggling, their families and children. They provide detailed descriptions of what it means to grow up in a workaholic family with the intergenerational wounds that remain to be healed in order to prevent repetition.
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Format: Paperback
If you only read one book on workaholism, this should be it! It is informative, well-researched, and authentic (with narratives from real people) and includes a list of helpful resources such as Workaholics Anonymous. I found the chapter on the childhoods of workaholics especially touching.
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I purchased this book years ago, I've read it and re-read; purchasing additional copies for family and friends so many times I lost count.

I will put my hand up and say I'm a recovering workaholic.
What most people don't realise or talk about is that it is a day by day recover like many additictions.

You or the one your loved has to be at a point that they want to change the behaviour.
The book explains a lot about the different types workaholics, very easy to identify the type you or your loved one is and provides great real world examples that are very helpful.

If you or they are not quite there yet; ask them to just read the chaper/s about how the workaholic behaviour effects the loved ones.

Don't talk about it; just leave the book in the bookshelf where it can be found. In time you/ they will return to it.

For most it is not easy to go through or figure out why they/ we do what we do; Just give yourself or your loved ones time and space.

I've read many other books on the topic but this gives you the knowledge of where to start figuring out why you or they do what we do.
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I live with a workaholic and this book is so right on that it can be scary. After 13 years of living with someone who is a work addict I can say everything said has been true. No doubt the core is something that occurred in childhood long before I came along as my husband's wife. Living with someone who enjoyed giving and providing for his family was enticing to me until I began to feel left behind in the dust.
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This person has definitely encountered a workaholic before and knows how to deal with them accordingly! The conversations used were exactly like the ones I have heard! It was as if someone followed me around with a tape recorder. Excellent useful information.
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