Inborn Characteristics Can Increase Your Chances for Burnout
Although lifestyle choices such as poor diet, lack of sleep, and stress can contribute to burnout, so can your personality.
In cases of burnout, your inborn characteristics (nature) can have a role in how you view the world, react and respond to it and situations you encounter. Fortunately, if you recognize this, you can lessen the chances of experiencing burnout.
In what follows, are ways that your personality increases burnout:
1. “Type A” Personality Traits
“Type A” personality traits and behaviors tend to be exhibited in the way of time pressures, impatience, and annoyance when things get in the way of accomplishing the goals in mind. Needless to say that these highly emotional states will increase your chances for burnout.
2. Perfectionist Traits
Often perfectionism goes hand in hand with the “Type A” personality traits. Wanting to do a very good job is an impressive quality, however it can also cause you more stress if you are never happy with what you accomplish, or if you feel like you should have done better. Instead, you need to learn to focus on what you do accomplish and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
3. Introverted or Extroverted Personality
While most people have a combination of introverted and extroverted traits, you may notice that you fall somewhere along the spectrum favoring one side more than the other (introverted or extroverted), or somewhere in the middle (ambiverted).
Research is showing that introverts tend to recharge by being alone away from people for a period of time, whereas extroverts recharge when being around people. There appears to be a difference in how introverts and extroverts process stimuli.
No matter what personality you are though, it does affect your job satisfaction and whether you are prone to the effects of burnout. Everyone is born with certain genetic characteristics, and if your job and your personality characteristics are mismatched, it can lead to imbalance and dissatisfaction. For example, if you do not like being around people and dealing with their problems, customer service or social work are not good job options for you, and would increase your risk of burnout.
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? How you see the word, in large part, affects how you interact with it. Therefore, if you are faced with a challenge and you see it as threatening, your perception of the situation and how you will deal with it are going to cause you more stress than someone who sees the challenge as something fun to do.
For example, if your employer decides to roll out new technology that is new to you, if you are positive about it, you will face less stress. However, if it makes you fearful and worried as you do not like change and all you can think about is how you are going to fail at using it, you are going to cause yourself a lot of stress. This kind of thinking can eventually result in burnout. Positive self-talk can be an effective way of learning how to reprogram your mind and your reaction to events before they happen.
Here is an interesting video of Dr. Geri Puleo at TEDx Seton Hill University about Burnout and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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