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Why We Suffer at Work

By Nate Klemp, PhD

Even as I write this post, I am conscious of my desire to be somebody.

I want you, the reader, to see me as intelligent, witty, deep, and impressive.  At the same time, I’m hoping that you also see me as humble and down to earth, like the kind of person you could grab a cup of coffee with and have a great conversation.

I don’t want you to see me as fake, superficial, uninformed, or full of myself. I don’t want you to say to yourself while reading this: “wow, this guy’s writing sucks” or “reading this post was a total waste of my time.” 

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone.  

Just think about how much time energy we all spend playing this game of being someone:  all the rehearsed comments, the time spent in front of the mirror each morning, or the effort that goes into projecting a self that seems polished, flawless, and unflappable. 

While the...

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How I Burned Out – And How Mindfulness Brought Me Back

burnout mindfulness stress Aug 09, 2018

By Nate Klemp, PhD

10 years ago, I lived what appeared to be a perfect life.   I had recently married my high school sweetheart.  I was one year short of completing my PhD.  And I was on the fast track to realizing my dream of becoming a professor of political philosophy.

On paper, everything was perfect.  Marriage – check.  Friends – check.  Long list of academic degrees – check.     

But in my mind, everything was a mess.  The stress of grad school, a recent bike accident, and my own inability to navigate negative thoughts and emotions left me in a state of constant anxiety and unease.

 

Why Talk About Burnout?

I feel compelled to share this because we now hear so much about the science and statistics of burnout. We know that: 

  • 54% of physicians report symptoms of burnout (Mayo, 2015)
  • 8 in 10 Americans report being afflicted by the symptoms of...
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