The Shadow Side of Performance

“In Working Ourselves to Death, Diane Fassel notes this shadow side: “Everywhere I go it seems people are killing themselves with work, busyness, rushing, caring, and rescuing… John O. Neikirk calls it ‘the pain others applaud’…. I call it the cleanest of all the addictions.  It is socially promoted because it is seemingly socially productive” (Fassel, 1990, p.2).

…To grapple with the shadow side of performance, we must somehow learn to embrace the inward complexity of our lives.  We need a vision of inward work that extends outward into community, into service that is worth doing, into productive aims that offer an opportunity for meaning and relatedness.”

— Alan Briskin, in The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace

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