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August 16, 2019

Are you Workaholic? It Might be in Your Genes

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Let’s face it, the kitchen is commonplace to find Homo Erectus Workaholics, those who just can’t seem to leave at the end of the day, misplace time while focusing on the task at hand and frequently show up on their day off.

If any of the above describes you, you may be classed as a ‘workaholic’. Recent scientific research has been hinting toward the trait being genetic, which makes perfect sense as workaholics can commonly be found in families as well as certain professions.

The common characteristics of the workaholic

They in professions that typically have long hours – the prevalence of workaholics in certain industries could be due to the workaholic’s success in these types of professions.

They rarely delegate responsibilities – meaning they like to have a lot of control over their / their team’s work, productivity and results.

They expend high effort – they put in 100% and couldn’t comprehend putting in less than 100%

They are perfectionists – sometimes to their detriment when it comes to productivity and efficiency!

Well, it’s probably more common than you think, as many as 1 in 4 of us could be classed as a ‘Workaholic’!

So why are we all so obsessed with working? Many psychologists believe it is a form of addiction, as working above and beyond often has negative consequences on our health or social well being. Workaholics are often associated with other psychiatric disorders such as OCD, ADHD, and depression – but the real question is, does being a workaholic contribute to the development of these disorders or does these disorders lead to one becoming a workaholic?

However, researchers have found that our genes may be to blame! Does that could certainly explain the family link that workaholics often find? Researchers blocked dopamine receptors in monkeys and found they worked harder, faster and produced better results when given a simple task ie: they used genetics to turn them into workaholics!

You can read more about this study here.

Now we’re not suggesting we turn to sci-fi and genetically engineer the world into workaholics, but, interestingly, genes could be to blame for obsessive work-related behaviors.

So what does this mean for the workaholics among us? It depends if you’re happy being a workaholic or if you’re unhappy. If hard work is your favorite thing in the world, then stick to it. But if you notice you

work habits are having any unhealthy effects, it might be time to assess your way, make time to plan your schedule and stick to it – as a workaholic you will find this tricky, but monitoring your behaviors could lead to a happier and healthier you!

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