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Conflicting Values: The Role of Body Psychotherapy in Burnout Prevention

As body psychotherapists, we understand the profound impact psychosomatic processes have on well-being. Burnout is a complex phenomenon often related to a discrepancy between personal values and the work environment. Studies by Huhtala et al. and Saito et al. show that aligning personal and organizational values can reduce burnout and increase engagement. This highlights the need in therapy to address not only physical symptoms but also the values and conflicts of patients to promote holistic well-being. Let's take a closer look at these studies.

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  • Study by Huhtala et al. (2015): This study indicates that an ethical organizational culture aligned with employees' values leads to less burnout and more engagement, emphasizing the importance of aligning personal and organizational values for well-being.

  • Study by Leiter: Leiter points out that value conflicts can lead to burnout, highlighting the need to consider both individual values and their alignment with the work environment in therapy.

  • Study by Saito et al. (2018): This study shows that promoting intrinsic and altruistic values among nurses reduces burnout and increases engagement, underscoring the importance of personal values in therapeutic work.

These research findings clarify the essential role of both physical and value-based aspects in body psychotherapy for treating burnout. In this context, I want to illuminate the deep significance and effectiveness of Life Potential Coaching. This coaching method aims to help individuals fully realize their inner potentials and turn dreams into tangible projects, focusing on personal strengths and values recognized through self-reflection and personal development.

This approach transforms dreams into practical and fulfilling life goals. Studies by Huhtala et al. (2015), Leiter, and Saito et al. (2018) highlight the importance of value congruence and development in reducing burnout and enhancing engagement, showing the crucial need in coaching to allocate ample time for personal value development to unleash full life potential.



Huhtala, M. et al. (2015). "The Associations between Ethical Organizational Culture, Burnout, and Engagement: A Multilevel Study." Journal of Business and Psychology, 30, 399–414.

Leiter, M.P. (2008). "A Two Process Model of Burnout and Work Engagement: Distinct Implications of Demands and Values."

Saito, Y. et al. (2018). "Work values and their association with burnout/work engagement among nurses in long-term care hospitals." Journal of Nursing Management.


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