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  • Writer's pictureCait Donovan

Dr. Sharon Grossman: Decoding Your Burnout: Are You A Thinker, A Feeler, Or a Doer?

Dr. Sharon Grossman is a clinical psychologist turned burnout coach, an author, a speaker, and host of the Decode Your Burnout podcast. When she was a psychology student, she attended a workshop about what it is like to work in private practice. The speaker talked a lot about how prevalent burnout is in the private practice world and this actually caused Dr. Sharon to shy away from going in that direction for many years. Eventually there was nowhere left to go but management, which is not something she was interested in pursuing, and Dr. Sharon had to consider opening up her own practice. She decided to build in ways to protect against burnout right from the start such as choosing an office location within walking distance of her gym. She moved from therapy to burnout coaching and prefers it as in her experience her coaching clients are more dedicated to doing the work required to really improve.

In Dr. Sharon’s research, she discovered that there are three main contributing factors to burnout - programming or early childhood experiences, environmental stressors, and burnout personality or profile. She helps people determine their burnout style in order to better understand what changes they need to make in order to heal from and prevent additional burnout. The three burnout personality types are thinker, feeler, and doer. Thinkers are people who are constantly overthinking everything. They tend to be perfectionists and struggle with imposter syndrome. Feelers are the people pleasers who tend to end up resentful when people inevitably don’t give back as much as they receive. The doers are the people who constantly overfill their plate and who feel a deep need to be more accomplished than anyone and to continually prove themselves. By determining which one you are, you can better understand what caused your burnout and how to prevent it in the future.

There are many factors that contribute to burnout and not everyone burns out from the same circumstances. Tune into today’s episode of FRIED. The Burnout Podcast for a conversation with Dr. Sharon Grossman about decoding your burnout. Learn which burnout profile applies to you so that you can have a better understanding of the lifestyle changes you need to make to heal from and prevent burnout.


The important thing is to really focus on what your needs are, and how do you get those needs met.” (12:03-12:08 | Dr. Sharon)

“How is it that we're burning out, and we don't even have the words to describe it? We don't even have the right diagnosis, if you will. Which is important, because then you don't have the right treatment for the problem. So I kind of made it my mission to go out there and to educate the public about what burnout is and what to look out for so that people can identify it in themselves, so that they can get the appropriate kind of help or use the right kind of strategies and tools to get back to themselves.” (14:01-14:29 | Dr. Sharon)

I remember as a therapist even just thinking my job is not to babysit people. I need to get them up and running so that they have social support, that they're out there doing what they need to do to take care of themselves, that they're not just showing up here for the next 12 years.” (23:23-23:39 | Dr. Sharon)

Thinkers are focused on quality, because they're perfectionists. The doers are focused on quantities, like how much can I do, and it just never feels like it's enough. And so you're taking on another thing and another thing, and then eventually, you take on like the smallest little thing, and you break, because you just can't take anymore.” (30:57-31:21 | Dr. Sharon)

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