The rise of the spiritual workaholic

The days of the greedy, money-flashing yuppies are over, argues Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Do you remember the 1980s workaholics? Superficially, these greedy yuppies looked a lot like the average employee of today: always busy and connected, networking non-stop and seeing everything as a work opportunity.

But there was one fundamental difference: they were actually making money. In contrast, today's employees are generally unable to translate their workaholic habits into cash. However, there is an upside, which is that money has been downgraded - at least psychologically - in the world of work.

Of course, some people are more addicted to work than others, and this is usually the product of who they are. People with an addictive personality have less impulse control and a lower EQ, but are more neurotic, obsessive and given to sensation seeking.

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