Are you a leader or a workaholic?

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man working late“Workaholic,” coined by the American psychologist Wayne Oates, reflected the man’s own addiction to work: he wrote 57 books.

Even though he compared workaholism to other addictions, Oates did acknowledge that it’s more respectable than, say, ­alcoholism.

So the question becomes: Do workaholics really exist? There’s still no medical definition. Look for these signs:

  • Workaholics labor not only compulsively but with little satisfaction.
  • Research associates workaholism with sleep problems, obesity, anxiety, high blood pressure and depression.
  • One in five people with no income call themselves workaholics.
  • And yes, this may be “the best-dressed mental health problem.” Educated and affluent people were much more likely than lower-income people to delay retirement. The Japanese even have a word for working yourself to death: karoshi.

— Adapted from “The Work Addiction,” Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic.

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