Here, the deadly dozen circumstances and characteristics that can lead to burnout and empathy fatigue, as featured in the Spring 2013 print issue of Scrubs magazine. Check which statements ring true, and seek support (or at the very least, do a little soul searching).
___ 1. Toxic supervisor and lack of colleague support
___ 2. Little fun at work or in life
___ 3. Only a fuzzy understanding of one’s own needs
___ 4. Lack of a professional process to turn create more competence and less anxiety
___ 5. Emotionally draining issues in one’s personal life
___ 6. An inability to say no to unreasonable requests
___ 7. Vicarious traumatization that takes an accumulated toll
___ 8. Personal relationships characterized by one-way caring (you give, everyone else takes)
___ 9. Constant perfectionism in work tasks
___ 10. Continual unresolved ambiguous professional losses
___ 11. A strong need to be needed
___ 12. Professional success defined solely by outward recognition or appreciation
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