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Career Counselling: What is Burnout?

What is Burnout? By Katherine Foster

Burnout is often defined as the physical, emotional and psychological exhaustion, the loss of interest or motivation in one's life due to excessive demands, self-imposed or imposed by others, on one's time.

Herbert Fredenberger, a German-born American Psychologist, penned the term burnout in the 1970’s.  In Fact, Freudenberg and his colleague North (Gail) theorised the process, breaking it down into 12 phases:-

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