The burnout syndrome is now a recognized mental illness in German society. In the past, the causes were mainly sought in physical overwork. But scientific studies of psychology showed that more and more often social stress caused by mobbing at work can also be responsible for burnout.
Those affected suffer from excessive exhaustion and pressure and lose their positive attitude to work. Sometimes strong Depression and incapacity to work the consequences of social stress caused by bullying.
Mobbing creates stress
Mobbing in the narrower sense is understood to be Psycho terror. The aim of these attacks is usually to drive the victim out of the department or company. Colleagues harass a target person and torture your victim mentally with the intention of destroying his or her self-confidence. Typical acts of bullying include spreading false claims and rumours, assigning meaningless work tasks, threats of violence, social isolation or constant criticism.
The resulting consequences are often imbalance, social isolation, lack of drive and conflict situations. The affected person is exposed to a strong psychologically stressed. This stress, which in the worst case is chronic, causes lasting negative feelings that promote diseases such as the burnout syndrome.
Social stress is poison for the psyche and impairs work performance
We humans are social beings. We live constantly in society with other people and with our environment. Social relationships play an enormously important role for us. When these are disturbed, this triggers strong stress and feelings of anxiety in us. The threat of isolation and anger does not even have to be real. It can also exist only in our imagination.
Stress is a psychological and physical reaction caused by external stimuli. It serves to cope with special demands and enables us to cope with physical and mental stress. If an imbalance occurs and the stress is too great, it has a threatening and frightening effect. This leads to inner tension and physical processes change. Because stress is a state of alarm with physical and psychological signs.
A declining work ethic, a mental slump and long-term sick leave are just some of the possible consequences and dangers that come from targeted bullying. The performance capacity, motivation, creativity and memory performance of victims are decreasing more and more. This leads to concentration problems and forgetfulness.
Often it shows physical complaints without demonstrable causes. Some of those affected can no longer find an adequate place of retreat in their own homes, are irritable and develop a different social behaviour. Some of the most serious consequences, however, are mainly concentrated in the workplace. The following typical consequences or reactions are often recognisable:
- sense of unwillingness
- discouragement through fear of failure
- Feelings of guilt
- Escape fantasies,
- Late start of work,
- Loss of positive feelings towards patients, clients, students, customers etc.
The originally positive feelings are completely reversed into the negative. This leads to an unusual hardening of the soul and eventually even to a complete flattening of the emotional life. In the worst case, the affected person resigns and even has suicidal thoughts. Remedy and healing can usually only be achieved through the treatment of professional therapists and a consistent change of the working environment.