How Our Minds Keep Our Emotions From Getting Out of Control

What is burnout and what does it do to us?

Given how it’s often spoken about as if it is one, it may be surprising to many to learn that burnout is not actually regarded as a medical illness or clinical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies burnout as an occupational phenomenon.

What is burnout and what does it do to us? © Getty Images
burnout is specifically described as an occupational phenomenon

Burnout is included in the International Classification of Diseases – Volume 11 (ICD-11), the official text produced by the WHO that lists all official health problems known to medicine.

However, burnout is listed in ‘Factors influencing health status or contact with health services’, which focuses on things that can lead to serious health problems, but which aren’t medical problems in themselves. Burnout technically has more in common with car accidents and sports injuries than viruses and mental disorders…READ ON

How Our Minds Keep Our Emotions From Getting Out of Control

In September 1965, James Stockdale was a naval wing commander on his third tour of combat duty over North Vietnam. Flying just above the treetops at nearly 600 miles-per-hour, his A-4 Skyhawk jet ran into a barrage of flak. The plane caught fire and Stockdale ejected.

If you ask people—especially men—about strategies for dealing with the emotion of a dire situation, the most common advice will be to distract yourself or find some other way to curb and suppress the feeling.

Upon landing he was captured by North Vietnamese troops who beat him so badly that he walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Then, he was hauled off to a North Vietnamese prison where he was held for seven and a half years, and tortured 15 times…READ ON

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