Being a perfectionist might increase your risk of burnout, according to newly released research in Burnout: A Guide to Identifying Burnout and Pathways to Recovery. Burnout has been increasingly recognized in the workplace in recent years. Symptoms can include constant exhaustion, emotional numbness, and confusion at home or at work. Affected people might display a disconnect from their friends and family or reduced performance at work and in tasks at home. But stress and problems in the workplace are not the only risks for burnout. The guide suggests that stress at home can also trigger burnout. In particular, personality traits, such as being a perfectionist, can play a role. Perfectionists often set unrealistic standards for their own performance, which might be hard to achieve.
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