Workaholism or Work Addict?
Answer yes or no to each question
- Is your work very important to you?
- Do you like things done ‘just right’?
- Do you tend to see things as black or white, not grey?
- Are you competitive and often determined to win?
- Is it important for you to be right?
- Are you overly critical of yourself if you make a mistake?
- Are you afraid of failing?
- Are you restless and impulsive and easily bored?
- Do you drive yourself, and have high levels of energy and stamina?
- Do you suffer periodic bouts of extreme fatigue?
- Do you take work home and work nights and/or weekends?
- Do you feel uneasy or guilty if there is nothing to do?
- Do you think you are special or different from other people?
- Do you read work related material when you eat alone?
- Do you make lists of things to do or keep a daily diary?
- Do you find it harder and harder to take long holidays?
- Do you often feel hurried, rushed or a sense of urgency?
- Do you keep in touch with your office while on holidays?
- Do you ‘work’ at play and get upset if you don’t play well?
- Do you avoid thinking about planning your retirement?
- Are you responsible at work but not in personal matters?
- Do you try to avoid conflict instead of dealing with it?
- Do act on impulse without considering the effect on others?
- Do fear rejection and criticism yet criticise and reject others?
- Is your memory for what others have said getting worse?
- Do you get upset if things don’t work out as you expected?
- Does being interrupted at work or at home annoy you?
- Do you create pressure situations with self imposed dead lines?
- Do you concentrate on future events instead of enjoying the present?
- Do you forget or minimise family occasion or celebrations?
If you answered Yes to 10 or more of these questions you may have lost some of your personal perspective. That is your work may have become too important to you on an emotional, psychological and spiritual level.
Workaholism can be a serious addiction interfering with personal and family relationships.
Seek help from a specialist counsellor if it is a concern for you or someone you love.