Although my "pet subject" is procrastination (those people who just can't seem to get to a task), I'm also interested in those of us who can't seem to let go of work tasks.These "workaholics" are people who work to the exclusion of other life activities, are consumed with thoughts and feelings about work and often do more than is expected at work.Do some people w/MDD and/or GAD turn to (over)work, while others may turn to different addictions, such as drugs or alcohol? The only thing that matters is whether the person in question feels that 'how they are' is useful or not!
Which makes me wonder how often workaholics are dx'd w/depression and/or GAD.
Could workaholism be a "good cover" for depression and/or a tool to relieve anxiety?
For example, many cultural heroes of popular TV shows, particularly those shows that portray the lives of doctors, lawyers and successful business people, are hard-driving individuals who seem to have no life other than work.
What each shares is a grandiose sense of his or her own self-importance that is central to the definition of narcissism.
In fact, I think we see these relations between perfectionism, narcissism and workaholism because they are all related to a third underlying variable - a weak sense of self that is plagued with many irrational thoughts (e.g., "I must be perfect to have worth," "I must work to have worth.") and an overcompensation for this low self-esteem with a paradoxical narcissism (individuals protect their weak sense of self with an overcompensation that portrays the self in a grandiose fashion). It's important, even essential, to work hard, to set standards for oneself and to value self.
Problems in functioning arise when we are: Each of these problems, I believe, has its roots in our sense of self.To me it seems to be similair personalty traits would be responsible, but in different settings they can manifest themselves in quite differnt ways.( also the nature of the task i believe is important, as i think wheather it engadges a persons strengths ( those things that energize them) or not could be meerly what is the deciding factor about wheather they become workaholics or procrastinators.a weird combination of both) I agree with your argument that a "third underlying variable - a weak sense of self" may be at work in workaholics, overcompensating for a low self-esteem.In doing this, they demonstrated that each of these traits is related to workaholism or at least some component of it.Where I disagree with the authors is in their closing comments where they write that their "Results suggest that workaholism may have both positive and negative components" (p. They base this conclusion on their analysis of the structure of the workaholism questionnaire, which produced a 3-component solution.Nurturing a sense of self as an autonomous worthwhile being apart from our accomplishments or our failures is a key developmental task. I would be curious to understand how those workaholism personalities also correlate with the personalities that are procrastinators.