This study evaluated the effects of a burnout prevention program based on insights from transpersonal psychology, notably psychosynthesis. It examined the effects of the program on burnout, happiness, spirituality, emotional intelligence, and relative deprivation with respect to one's career. Thirty-eight individuals, mostly with a background in engineering, participated in a 10-day program over 3 months. A comparison group of similar age and work experience was recruited of colleagues from the same firms and departments. Both groups filled out questionnaires at 3 time points: before the start of the program, immediately after the program (3 months later), and 9 months later. Results showed that a psychosynthesis-based prevention program might be an effective instrument in reducing burnout and enhancing happiness, emotional intelligence, and feelings of spirituality. Copyright 2005 by the Educational Publishing Foundation.

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International Journal of Stress Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

van Dierendonck, D., Garssen, B., & Visser, A. (2005). Burnout prevention through personal growth. International Journal of Stress Management, 12(1), 62–77. doi:10.1037/1072-5245.12.1.62