The Success Syndrome: Hitting Bottom When You Reach the Top

The Success Syndrome: Hitting Bottom When You Reach the Top

The Success Syndrome: Hitting Bottom When You Reach the Top

The Success Syndrome: Hitting Bottom When You Reach the Top

Synopsis

According to Dr. Steven Berglas, success is the ultimate self-fulfillment and should be a gratifying and enriching experience. But for many success is a two-edged sword, a burden as well as a blessing. He explains why the highly successful may 'self-handicap' themselves rather than face the rising expectations imposed on them from within and without.

Excerpt

This book has been divided into four parts that correspond to distinct components of The Success Syndrome. Part One will present a broad-based definition of success and of the luxuries it provides, and a discussion of how certain individuals manage to enjoy it more than others. Part Two begins with a discussion of the stress inherent in success and continues to present a detailed analysis of how The Success Syndrome develops. In Part Three, I will explore some of the more recognizable psychological disorders that The Success Syndrome precipitates. Finally, in Part Four, I will examine the essential clinical features of my Executive Stress Clinic—a therapeutic program for individuals who suffer from The Success Syndrome—and then consider how entire corporations can be adversely affected by success.

Success should be a gratifying and enriching experience—in more ways than one. Although in the pages that follow the aversive experiences that can result from success are described in detail, an overriding aim of this book is to enable those who achieve success to enjoy it to the fullest extent possible.

Most of the case histories and examples of The Success Syndrome employed in this book utilize individuals from the Boston or New York area. This should not be construed as indicating that The Success Syndrome is an "East Coast" phenomenon; it affects men and women throughout the nation. My reliance on a restricted sample of individuals and sources to demonstrate various aspects of The Success . . .

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