Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive

Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive

by Joan Borysenko
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Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive by Joan Borysenko

This Is an Invitation to Take Your Power Back! What happened to the spark you had as a child that powered curiosity, engagement with life, and creativity? Has it burned out? Are you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted and cynical, wondering if you've got what it takes to make it in this rapidly changing world? Burnout looks a lot like depression, but it's not a biological bogeyman that medication or simple stress management can cure. It's a disorder of hope and will that sucks the life out of competent, idealistic, hardworking people like you; and it will be an ongoing challenge for you to take your power back! In this breakthrough work, Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.-a Harvard-trained medical scientist, psychologist, and renowned pioneer in stress and health-straddles psychology, biology, and soul in a completely fresh approach to burnout. Joan's deeply human (and often amusing) personal accounts of burnout and recovery; the science of helplessness, hopelessness, and empowerment; and the rich wisdom of people who have gone from fried to revived-including many of Joan's vibrant community of 5,000 Facebook Friends-make this powerful and practical book a must-read for our times.

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ISBN-13: 9781401929510
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 399,285
File size: 502 KB

About the Author

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker in spirituality, integrative medicine, and the mind/body connection and has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, the best-selling author of numerous books, and a journalist and radio personality.

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Fried 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MaryTOkeefe More than 1 year ago
Of the 15 books she has written, Joan Borysenko believes her new book, Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive, is the most important one she's written. I agree. As someone who runs a nonprofit holistic wellness center, I constantly see people who suffer as the result of being `fried.' When we refuse to reflect upon what causes burnout and ignore our responsibility for trying to recover from it, our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health breaks down. Joan's book is a wonderful template for how to take charge of becoming well in mind, body and spirit. She describes 12 stages of burnout (and shares personal stories to illustrate them), thus enabling people to identify what is contributing to their own sense of being `fried.' Then she suggests practical and easy self-reflective exercises to holistically revive ourselves, both in our personal and professional lives. I found her discussion of the relationship between personality, temperament and burnout to be especially fascinating. Joan summarizes some of the most groundbreaking research in psychoneuroimmunology, in a way that enables readers to explore the impact of mind/body/spiritual connections in their own lives. By providing specific resources for discovering one's own personality and temperament, the book opens a door to the self-reflection--and action--necessary to make changes based on a better understanding of one's own needs. As Joan writes, "If you know who you are and accept it, then you're less likely to waste energy trying to be something you're not." Often this realization is the first step in finding more joy and meaning in our lives. She also discusses the importance of trust, faith and letting go, all crucial steps not only for recovering from burnout, but in living life to the fullest. By inviting her Facebook friends to participate in the creation of this book, Joan enables readers to benefit from the wisdom, insights and life-experiences of other highly regarded professionals and inspiring individuals who are her `friends.' I found many of these comments to be enlightening and entertaining, almost like being invited to a gathering of wise and welcoming old friends. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks a better understanding of why they have been/are burned out and how to recover from it.
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i have discovered that i'm not really depressed, just burned out. now i know what to do to feel better, thanks to the details in this book.
Betsy_Mullen More than 1 year ago
My dear friend Antoinette Spurrier and I have the honor and pleasure of being quoted in Joan Borysenko's new book "Fried: Why You Burn Out and How To Revive". I highly recommend this special book. Here is an overview of "Fried" from the book's table of contents. In addition to each chapter's topics, Dr. Borysenko includes Self-Reflection Exercises that are very helpful. Contents Preface: Hell Is a Bad Place to Pitch a Tent Introduction: Notes from the Underworld Chapter 1: Mapping the Descent into the Inferno . . . "Here's a quick breakdown of the burnout stages:" Stage 1: Driven by an Ideal Stage 2: Working Like a Maniac Stage 3: Putting Your Own Needs Last Stage 4: Miserable, and Clueless as to Why Stage 5: The Death of Values Stage 6: Frustrated, Aggressive, and Cynical Stage 7: Emotionally Exhausted and Disengaged Stage 8: "I've Morphed into What?" Stage 9: "Get Away from Me!" Stage 10: Inner Emptiness Stage 11: Who Cares and Why Bother? Stage 12: Physical and Mental Collapse Chapter 2: The Depression Industry Chapter 3: The Childhood Roots of Burnout Chapter 4: Personality, Temperament, and Burnout Chapter 5: Energy Management Chapter 6: Letting Go and Moving On Chapter 7: The Great Revival-Awakening in the Now Chapter 8: Heaven on Earth Epilogue: Your Epitaph Endnotes Acknowledgments About the Author As my breast cancer surgeon once asked me (in response to my ceaseless 18 hour days working on my breast cancer advocacy efforts), "Do you really want to die with an empty in-box?" I was in chemotherapy, building a national movement; fighting for my life and killing myself at the same time. Wow! This issue is a prime example of why Joan Borysenko's new groundbreaking book "Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive" is so relevant and necessary. My only wish is that I had been able to have this precious book in my possession several years ago. I learned many of the lessons that Joan so eloquently and clearly puts forth in this trailblazing book the hard way and at great expense. I don't want others to do the same or to look back upon their lives and ponder, "If only I knew then what I know now." Do yourself, your friends, family members and colleagues a great favor -- pick up and read a copy of "Fried" and send out copies to those you know and love -- it will be a blessing and gift that keeps on giving that will help you and others to survive, revive and thrive in this fast-paced world of ours. This book is a life-changer and life-saver; a must-read and how-to-live guidebook that is destined to be a classic in the field of stress management and mind-body medicine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. Some advice: Dont end like that. Cliffhangers are good but i feel that that ending didnt really work.
Elizabeth_Betsy_Mullen More than 1 year ago
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT "FRIED - WHY YOU BURN OUT AND HOW TO REVIVE": Donna G.: "Loving the book! So helpful for me right now. Thankyou!" Michelle G. H.: "Joan, I found your book last month....I want you to know that your book was what gave me the courage to insist that I deserved better, and that to continue with life as I had been was only going to make me feel worse. I'm now receiving some treatment, and I'm also taking a brief sabbatical from my work to see how my own behaviors and past experiences have affected me as well. It's nearly impossible to separate physical from psychological, but it needs addressed in all ways possible when we get to this point. THANK YOU for your wonderful book." Lisa B. H.: "What it's done for me is give me hope. Hope that this awful fried funk I'm in is not permanent nor is it a reflection of my personality or some flaw. I'm already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and confronting and cleaning out things in my life that are just not working anymore.Thank you Joan!" Elizabeth H. M.: "I just finished reading FRIED last night. Wow! What I learned is, I'm not alone and I'm not depressed. My physical health is a reflection of my emotional health, which I have been too busy and too independent to pay attention to. Thanks, Joan!" Kerri M.: "Just finished reading "Fried" and I cannot tell you how much I got out of it. I have been at the depths of burnout for awhile now and feeling isolated and scared by how foreign my life had started to feel. Your words, your sources, your suggestions -- particularly about rewiring your thoughts and about eschewing learned helplessness -- hit home in very meaningful ways. Thank you!" Lori C.: "I ordered your latest book, "Fried...". . . I am overwhelmed. . .in the very first pages, I found myself over and over. . .I am not going crazy but I too, am FRIED. . . thank you for putting in print exactly what I needed to read. . .knowledge is powerful." Amy H. G.: "Just downloaded Fried yesterday onto my Nook (bless e technology!) and have read through the first chapter already. I'm planning to begin the exercises tonight to help with a looming decision about a potential job change. So many insights from it that hit home- thank you for writing such a meaningful, important book." Jane B.: "Just finished your book "Fried". Exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks to you and all the wonderful people who shared their thoughts on burn out." Darla W. C.: "It's an EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT book! I read it in one day and I'm going through it again more slowly. It helped me to see that I'm not ready for the psych ward, which is where I've been afraid I was heading." Lisa V. B.: "Thank you Joan. Just finished reading FRIED! It is my savior. What a year 2010 was for many of us and not in a great way. You have helped me start 2011 with a fresh, new perspective and armed me with the tools I need to revive myself. Your book could not have come to me at a better time. Thank you Hay House. Thank you Joan."... Ann Elizabeth M.: "I can't stop talking about your book. Have underlined nearly every page, and posted my recommendation on FB. I can't thank you enough for all the inner and outer work that obviously went into it. It is already touching the lives of so many!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ill be a charater. My names harper cole and im 14 and a tomboy. Like to wear basket ball shorts and a blue hoodie that says adidas across the back. I have blondish bronwish hair and grey eyes. Im training to be a cat i guess. I like running and hiking and football. A boyfriend would be nice. Cool story btw! Keep writing! :)
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(Thanks so much for your support and Celestia thanks for the advice. Usually I write stories thay seven pages but I relized it doesn't matter on how long it is but the story itself. Ill work on my grammer! Advertisement: The Medicine Kit. At 'twa'!) Sawyer broke the scilence,"I'll go on this quest." The moment after she said it she regretted ir deeply. Hannah eyes flew to her and she felt like ducking but held still. "Well, we will have to talk to the other leaders," Hannah said. <p> Sawyer walked down the hall with Hannah. The sides were littered with statues of animals and stuffed animals. They stopped at a clear glass door where people where sitting on comfy leather couches that circled around a black wooden table. "So!" Crued Bekka the leader of the Iguanas. "Does this girl want to lead the quest?" Hannah nodded solemnly and ushered Sawyer to a couch. "Im say she should because no one else volunteered." Bekka continued. "Do you have any idea who you're going to ask?" "Yes, probably Ivy and Jaquelin for sure but I can't decide on who else." Sawyer stared at the tinted glass walls after she finnished. "Okay," said Branden leader of the Wolves. "But some one in my group would like to join you. Ayama would." Sawyer turned to look at Brandon. His yellowush green eyes showed no feeling and his posture gave superity. Sawyer shivered and hoped that whoever Ayama was didn't act like that. "How about we give her one month to decide who wull be going," Helen leader of Arctic Wolves said whith her eyes as usual sparkled like the snow. Sawyer nodded. That meant a month to find 4 people that would be suitible for the quest. She then asked as politly as she could of she could be escused from the meeting. Hannah nodded but Brandon said in a cold voice,"No, you wanted to go on this quest and that means you'll have to listen."