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The gloom sets in: pessimism mounts and burn-out on the rise

Tuesday 20 November 2012

The consumer confidence indicator dropped five points in November to -37, figures from the national statistics office CBS show on Tuesday.

This is extremely low, particularly when compared with the average of the past 20 years of around -8, the CBS said.

Consumers were particularly pessimistic about their own financial situation during the coming 12 months. This indicator dropped 12 points compared with October to -32, a record low.

Symptoms

Alongside the economic gloom, one in eight workers also had symptoms of burn-out in 2011, including fatigue and emotional lethargy, the CBS said.

A feeling of emptiness is the number one complaint. Nearly 27% of those questioned said they feel 'empty', says the CBS.

Workers under high pressure with little social support from colleagues are more likely to complain of burn-out (37%), while people who feel supported have fewer problems (11%).

In general, workers with a partner and children are the least likely to suffer burn-out, with one in nine reporting symptoms.

How about you? Tell us your experience in the comment box below.


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Readers' comments (11)

'A feeling of emptiness'? Boo-hoo! Who can we now blame for our worries: Muslims, East Europeans, Germans? When we can't find a scapegoat, it seems we feel empty.

Get a grip Holland; elsewhere in world people have more serious worries; things like life and death...

By Johannes | November 20, 2012 3:33 PM


Saying "get a grip" shows an extreme misunderstanding of the situation.

People cannot help how they feel. Feelings are not a choice. It matters not if others around the world appear to be much worse off.

Life in the western world is not as great as people think. Soul destroying jobs and the family unit and society broken. Mental illness at record highs and ever climbing.

By Chris | November 20, 2012 3:49 PM


Doom and gloom? Trying moving to Finland or a place where people suffer GENUINE depression. NL is still almost leading the EU in terms of lowest unemployment and still they find a reason to complain. They really need a dose of reality how bad it could get.

By Michael | November 20, 2012 6:02 PM


Never in my life (until I came here) have I heard of so many people from all different walks of life having burn-outs. I really do not understand it. Can someone explain this typically Dutch phenomenon?

By Kevin | November 20, 2012 7:10 PM


I agree with Johannes. Folks should be happy they have a job, food on the table, good drinking water, and health. We should be thankful that we live in a country that no wars are going on. Count your blessings

By dee | November 20, 2012 7:39 PM


The comment section on DN is full of bitter and sour comments. But when there is news that the Dutch themselves are feeling pessimist, then all of a sudden they should count their blessings.
By the way, I am Dutch and I don't feel any negativity at all. For the first time since ages there is no CDA in government and PVV is complete irrelevant a the moment. I am happy.

By pepe | November 20, 2012 11:36 PM


Living in The Netherlands would be a dream for this Californian. The people and country have so much more to offer in quality of life terms than in America. With the Euro always trading far above the dollar, the chance to immigrate becomes less and less, so did the next best thing. Married a Dutchie and brought her home with me :)

By MGrove | November 21, 2012 12:14 AM


I am with chris here: that sense of emptyness is something totally unrelated with the results of your actions (getting a salary etc.) it is a result of strenuous effort on a task you do not personally care about. The task cam be anything, but usually it is some culurally prized activity (like working): after a while you feel empty, go on and you'll burn out.

By Andrea | November 21, 2012 6:28 AM


When is the government and media going to finally understand that spreading messages of positivity and giving guarantees are what people are looking for?

By Maria | November 21, 2012 11:49 AM


Burn-out 'symptom' is just a fake. It's just an excuse to stay at home, doing nothing, but being paid. This is a typical reaction in Netherlands when someone's job is at peril. They will pretend that are I'll, suffering from burn-out and a whole procedure will start, so they can check with the company doctor, simulate depression and stay at home up to 6 month, full salary paid.

By Jim | November 21, 2012 12:40 PM


Here is the NL weather forecast for December:

Expect even higher taxes, less spending power, further benefit cuts, high inflation, increased health insurance premiums, more unemployment, more pressure from Brussels, greater social housing shortage, more homeless, food bank queues, strikes & demonstrations, negative GDP, growing lack of confidence in government, more chirpy Rutter speeches & secret meetings, continuing children abuse scandals, stricter rules on coffee shops, more bankruptcies & tighter immigration policies..

And here is the good news:

AH will have have a special offer on mandarins ;)

By The visitor | November 22, 2012 4:05 AM



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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