Workaholism Is About Emotional Pain, Not Money

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Are you a workaholic, or are you someone who works hard at what you love to do? Does the distinction really matter?

As a recovering workaholic who loves what I do, it does matter.

Even though workaholism is generally considered a mark of success and rewarded with praise and pay raises, it is an addictive behavior that often has destructive consequences. In our co-authored book, Facilitating Financial Health, Brad Klontz, Ted Klontz, and I included workaholism as a money disorder. Workaholics turn to work for relief from emotional pain in the same way alcoholics turn to alcohol or compulsive gamblers turn to gaming tables.

In a 2019 study of 2,000 employed Americans done for the Vision Council, 48% of respondents said they were workaholics.

The top 10 signs of a workaholic, according to the survey, are: