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The Joy of Burnout
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2011
I genuinely believe this author has a most profound understanding of the issue and there is much value in this publication.
BUT - and this is a big but - the writings are not for the faint-hearted or slow-witted (no offence, read on). The style is highly articulate and deep of thought, which is all very well if your mind is functioning well and can process and absorb it. I would expect many people buying this book are already in an advanced stage of burnout and, like me, are probably experiencing reduced cognative ability and concentration, hence my comment about being 'slow-witted'. Harsh, probably, but a criticism I have beaten myself up with continually until I understood that I was, in fact, ill and was no more worthy of self-criticism than being unable to walk with a broken leg!
Having said all this, I have taken great value from the book in terms of understanding where I am, how I got here, that my problems are far from unique and there is a way out. It concentrates a lot on introspection and self-analysis, which is good if you can handle it. Other references warn against this and concentrate more on the physiological aspects of so-called 'adrenaline burnout' and offer more practical advice on diet, exercise and the like.
I have to 'fess up that I did not finish it as I found it harder and harder going and became frustrated with myself for not being able to process the concepts - rather counter-productive in the circumstances.
Thinking more generally, the whole subject appears to be surrounded by the inevitable fog of alternative theories and a hoard of people offering various solutions for varying amounts of money. I have found little hard medical research to back any of this up. Unfortunatley, this means you have conflicting information, with which to make very important decisions on finding your way out, at a time when you may be questioning you own judgement. As a result, I feel references alone are not the whole answer and outside assistance, at least from someone close, or possibly a professional, should also be considered.
Bottom line: I'm glad I bought the book and I really buy into the concept of a 'New Begiining'. However, I feel it can only be part of a much larger and more complex solution.
Good luck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2007
Terrific, optimistic, realistic and compassionate book for those with burnout or similar feelings and conditions. Includes many ideas which may be very valuable to people in these times; e.g. for me the concept of continuing to 'live truthfully', which leads to 'continuing to do good work, whilst expecting no reward for it'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
This is such an inspiring read for those suffering from burnout (whatever stage of the process you are in) or suffering along with people who are burning out. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I was so glad when this book came out on kindle so that i could have it with me always. It is a great book to read from start to finish but also works as a book to just open up where your spirit takes you to also find gems. The book has such a positive take on a difficult topic and does so with humour, insight and grace.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2010
This is an excellent introduction to, and description of, burn out. It is one of the few, if not the only one that covers the subject in general and is not aimed at workplace or professional burn out. Neither is it a textbook.
The problem I found was that only the Imagery Technique was given as a means to overcome the problem. There are many other ways and this book would have benefited a great deal from the inclusion of these-not everyone is able to use this technique especially if suffering from the illness.

None too happy with the promotion of her Skyros holidays etc throughout the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2015
This was EXCELLENT. I feel SO much better about what Im going thru now, and I finally feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel. I did the exercises and they shed immense clarification...realised I am still the fiery, determined gritty girl I always have been, just need to recharge and then rise up from this burnout. into a better and happier life. Obvs it'll take time but when I'm back on my feet I'll update this review because I honestly think this has changed something mentally in me today..was going to take antidepressants but now feel l don't have to
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2012
This book was recommended to me by my counsellor. It's been my guide through some quite painful revelations and brought me to a place where I can finally heal before something serious happens to me. I did use it with a counsellor to support me and actually I think that if you can access one as well as using the book it is much better because it can be painful at times and they can help you sort through your thoughts and give you comfort. The book tells you that you are not alone and your counsellor will listen and guide you out the other side.
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on 16 April 2012
After reading this book I realised that I have being suffering from burnouts for a very long time. Mostly in the transition zone leading up to a decision to pack everything in and do something else, which never works by the way, you just go right back into burnout mode. e.g. Holding on to the interest and confusion I have in my creative job whilst everything in life suffered because of neglect, because all my energy was going into work which I was beginning to hate at an alarming rate. This book has helped me understand what it is I need to do in order to get back my creative juices as well as seeing reality in the real world and not through a cloud of hollowness.

Now this book is not easy to read. It has quite a lot of mistakes such as the use of the same word twice in a row, I had had angina for about six months being an example. Also a lot sentences just don't make any sense and could have being simplified. But other than that, excellent book. It's of those 'I wish I knew I had this earlier moments'. The realisation and relief of knowing you have this is therapy in itself. Good Luck!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
I've suffered with burnout for a decade. This book underlines the reasons why I reached the stage of being unable to go on with my old life. It also charts several examples of people with similiar ailment. Best of all the book contains exercises and helpful affirmations to enhance life as it now is. Replacing the old guilt with a sense of relief and dare I say it 'Joy'. Thank you Dina for providing many answers to the questions I had not been able to assimilate completely in my mind.
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on 25 May 2015
Amazing amazing book. So beautifully written too by someone who clearly understands those times in life where you feel awful and no medical diagnosis seems to fit. I completely recommend this book to anyone feeling down, stressed, well anyone who believes that life can be so much better really. I will forever keep this book close to my heart.
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on 23 February 2013
This book is simply amazing. If you want to understand more about burnout, why it is happening and how you can survive it then don't hesitate. It quite simply has the potential to be life changing.
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