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A Scheme for Workaholism Intervention Including Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Techniques

ByBruce David Kirkcaldy, Diana Malinowska Sabina Staszczyk, Aleksandra Tokarz

This chapter aims to define workaholism and illustrates its cognitive, emotional and behavioural symptoms by using two clinical case studies. It presents an analysis of possible interventions, including a description of the main assumptions of cognitive behavioural therapy and rational emotive behaviour therapy. Some interventions for workaholism commonly encompass recommendations for enhancing personal, social and organizational resources. The chapter provides some examples of cognitive, emotional and behavioural techniques that can be applied in the treatment of workaholism, by adopting some of the features of a multimodal therapy. It proposes a therapy regimen relating to the workaholism symptoms and makes some suggestions on how this may be further developed. Cognitive behavioural therapy has been applied to a wide range of psychological disorders and problems and its administration and development has been heavily guided by research. R. Burwell and C. P. Chen suggest that threefold treatment can be successfully implemented to modify the affective, cognitive and behavioural facets of workaholism.