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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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CASTRO, Fernando Gastal de  e  ZANELLI, José Carlos. Burnout and clinical approach: contributions from existentialism and clinical sociology. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2010, vol.10, n.2, pp. 38-53. ISSN 1984-6657.

The aim of this theoretical study is to advance a clinical perspective on the phenomenon of burnout, based on existentialism and clinical sociology. Although the phenomenon of burnout is nowadays widely researched in the field of work and organizational psychology, when it comes to understanding its development process, one is presented with a zone still largely unknown. What is sought, thus, is the formulation of new conceptual frameworks in order to grasp the subject in its individual historicity in dialectical relation with social and organizational dynamics, and as a new way of approaching the phenomenon of burnout. Certain notions of French clinical sociology and Sartrean existentialism will be used for this purpose, as this allows one to theorize on the psychic process of burnout in its involvement with organizational and sociohistorical levels. Finally, this article finishes with the proposition of four hypotheses that maintain that the burnout development process can reveal a failure at the project level as a result of new ways of work management and organization in the current mode of flexible production

Palavras-chave : burnout; emotional exhaustion and work; clinical sociology; existentialism.

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