Self-Deprecating Nature of Counselors

Why do people in social services seem to indulge in self-deprecating behavior?  If you talk to people in most professions, they feel it's important to be financially compensated, and the goal is to get the job done as efficiently as possible.  The goal is NOT to be the last one in the office.

Yet, in social services, professionals appear to have a desperate need to work harder and longer than others.  Why?  Do you win an award for spending more time becoming stressed out and less time doing what you enjoy?

Its important to be passionate about your work, especially when working in our field.  But, I hope you are MORE PASSIONATE about your own life and family! 

I hear story after story from people in the mental health field that are overworked, underpaid, and overwhelmed.  They continue to work harder and harder with no improvement.  It's this vicious cycle that causes burnout and fatigue.  How do we create an end to this cycle?  For starters, check out this book:

"Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown 

Great book.  I'm just finishing it up right now.  It reminds me of the importance of maximizing my time and energy.  If you choose to read it, let me know your thoughts.