Crash and burn (out): 5 stages of post-doctoral collapse

Posted on June 20th, 2017

The number of postdoctoral researchers that burn out at an early stage of their career seems to be increasing, and mental health has been a hot topic at universities and institutes across the world. The scientist in me always wonders why it is this group that is particularly at risk? Funding struggles, job insecurity and pressure to perform are obvious contributors but do they explain the whole picture? In this post, I dare to suggest that dangerous habits of thinking commonly found amongst the scientific community may also play a role. Do any of the following seem familiar?

  1. The enthusiasm trap
  2. The more you put into it, the more you get out
  3. This is how we roll in science
  4. Try harder
  5. The sh!t hits the fan

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