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Table of Contents

Three personal stories

Part I: What is Burnout?
1 Burnout: forerunners and variants
2 Burnout: its modern history
3 Defining and identifying burnout
4 The Sydney Studies
5 What burnout is not
6 Burnout versus depression
7 The biology of burnout

Part II: Causes of Burnout: The Seed and the Soil
8 The workers' dilemma
9 The toxic workplace
10 Occupations at high risk
11 Forgotten caregivers
12 Predisposing factors
13 Perfectionism

Part III: Overcoming Burnout and Rekindling the Flame
14 Resolving burnout: an introduction
15 For managers
16 For workers and caregivers
17 De-stressing
18 Managing perfectionism
19 Pulling it all together
A final note and personal story

Appendix A The Sydney Burnout Measure (SBM)
Appendix B Workplace triggers
Appendix C Perfectionism scale
Appendix D Resources for workers and caregivers

About the Author

PROFESSOR GORDON PARKER AO is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, University of NSW. He was founder of the Black Dog Institute, and Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals. In 2018 he was a finalist for NSW Senior Australian of the Year. He has published 20 books and over 1000 scientific papers. GABRIELA TAVELLA is a research officer at University of NSW and completing a PhD on burnout. KERRIE EYERS AM is a psychologist and writer.


I cried reading parts of this book. Profoundly insightful, with information that is superbly liberating about a phenomenon that imprisons too many of us. Highly recommended. -- Dr Sonia Henry, bestselling author of GOING UNDER
Burnout doesn't have to mean the end of your career. -- Alice Cooney, Principal Solicitor, Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria

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