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Mindf*ck Monday #7: Are you feeling burnt out?

Mindf*ck Monday #7: Are you feeling burnt out?

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Welcome to another mudda fuggin’ Monday email, the only weekly email that promises to do your laundry… and then refuses to do it. You know the drill, every Monday I give you three smart-sounding things to ponder for the week. This week, we’re pondering: 1) burnout: does it really exist? 2) The anxiety of “finding yourself” and 3) how bad is the news? Really bad? Or just bad?

1. Why I think this whole “Millennial burnout” thing is bullshit - At the beginning of this year, Buzzfeed published a long article declaring millennials the “Burnout” Generation—i.e., for some reason, millennials are seemingly running out of energy and motivation to do even basic tasks like wash their clothes or go to the post office, always feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and possess a pervasive sense of constant disappointment in themselves and the world. Like most Buzzfeed articles, it lacked any research or data, was almost entirely anecdotal and spent most of its efforts blaming capitalism, Facebook, and everyone’s parents.

Of course, like clockwork, the article went viral.

It has since spawned dozens of serious-sounding articles and multiple books, all taking for granted that “burnout” is an actual diagnosable thing.

I remember when the …

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