It has been discovered that there is no such thing as “gradual diminishing by continuing contact of the energy of the individual”. One becomes exhausted when he has worked sufficiently long to reactivate the pain and emotion of a past bad memory of some old injury. One of the characteristics of this injury will be exhaustion.
It is the product of the accumulation of the shocks and injuries incident accompanying the specific activity of the person, each of them perhaps only a few seconds or a few hours long and adding up perhaps to a totality of only fifty or seventy-five hours. But this accumulation—the accumulation of injury, repulsion and shock—eventually mounts up to a complete inability to do anything.
There is introversion, which means looking in too closely. And extroversion is being able to look outward. It could be said that there are introverted personalities and extroverted personalities. An introverted personality is only capable of looking inward at himself. An extroverted personality is one who is capable of looking around the environment. The introvert is afraid of reality. And here is the relationship with work and looking.
When one is no longer able to face people or objects or the space in which they are located without flinching or avoiding, he begins to have a lost feeling. He begins to move in a mistiness. Things are not real to him and he is relatively incapable of controlling those things around him. In work his attention rivets on objects which are usually at the most only a few feet from him. This puts his attention away from extroversion at least to some spot in focus in front of his face.
Sometimes when a person leaves the workplace, his attention continues to be fixed to a work environment. Although he goes home he is still really sitting in the office. If this environment is coincident with some injury or accident, he begins to feel weariness or tiredness.
In the next article, we’ll show easy ways to restore your work enthusiasm.
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Source: The book “The problems of work”, L. Ron Hubbard.