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Working ourselves to death : the high cost of workaholism, and the rewards of recovery
Fassel, Diane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 164 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library HF5548.85 .F37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this bold exploration of work addiction, Diane FAssel debunks societal myths that perpetuate this fatal and progressive disease--the notions that work addicts get ahead and that workaholism is profitable for corporations. Identifying four types of work addicts, Fassel presents proven techniques to guide readers toward balance and serenity.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

While the term workaholic generally inspires images of highly motivated, success-oriented achievers, workaholism is not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, writes management consultant Fassel, it is a compulsive behavioral syndrome--a disease--that kills. Her disturbing little book, which draws frequent (if medically undocumented) comparisons between workaholic behavior and other more familiar kinds of addictions, makes the difference between healthy productivity and obsessiveness startlingly clear through explanations of how the compulsion to do affects personal relationships, physical well-being, and work performance. Though Fassel tackles workaholism from a broad perspective, including housewives and volunteer workers among its victims, she is most attentive to the corporate community's role in fostering the disease. And she is more than a little angered by its "tacit acceptance" of the "right to work us to death." An intriguing book that explodes a modern myth, this one's for the housewife with the never-ending list of tasks, the CEO who talks about what he does instead of how he is, and the dad who thinks about the office while fishing with his son--anyone who "lives to work instead of works to live." To be indexed. --Stephanie Zvirin

Library Journal Review

Fassel, a management consultant and mediator, considers workaholism a true addictive disorder fostered by workaholic organizations obsessed with the corporate pursuit of excellence. Her book addresses the societal dimensions of individual problems as well as the many ways those with body and mind in overdrive become addicted to pressure and the crisis of pushing limits. The author has been active in founding Workaholics Anonymous groups that bring the addict into a nonjudgmental support group of people with sobriety about work, a recovery process that may be more effective than stress management in the treatment of denial. Unfortunately, her book is too fuzzy about defining levels of job stress (not all crisis junkies exhibit dysfunctional coping behavior). While rushaholics won't find the time to read it, Employee Assistance Program helpers and qualified addiction counselors should profit from this book. For larger collections.-- William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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