The Little Known Reason Why You Get Burnt Out

Dr. Eugene K. Choi
5 min readNov 21, 2022

And the best way to recuperate from it

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Why do people get burnt out?

The reason might not be because of what you think.

There are way too many people who overwork themselves into exhaustion, but the burnout you run into is for deeper reasons.

Here’s what I mean.

Imaging there are two companies that are about the same size and have the same workload.

While employees in Company A are reporting high levels of burnout, the employees in company B are thriving.

Even though their circumstances are the same?

Why could this be?

Research shows it’s because of loneliness.

When you work in an environment where you feel supported by your peers and leaders, it helps you grow.

How supported you feel directly correlates with how burnt out you get.

So when hitting burnout, you have to first ask yourself, how supported do you feel?

The burnout often hits when it feels like no one in your circle of friends and colleagues understand what you’re going through.

And you begin to isolate your thinking and don’t share as much. You might develop the lone wolf mentality who’s convinced that only you can solve the problems.

But at some point, you will burn out especially if you bear all the burden on your shoulders.

The deeper truth behind burnout.

Now there’s a deeper question to ask.

What boundary of yours got crossed that allowed the burnout to occur in the first place?

And why would you allow that boundary to get crossed?

100% of time it is because of fear.

Maybe deep down, you’re afraid you’re not good enough, so you tend to work your butt off until the point of burnout.

Or you’re afraid that you don’t matter. So you tend to be a people pleaser and say yes to things you don’t want to. (Which leads to a lot of resentment)



Dr. Eugene K. Choi

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