How does this thing called work, work?

How does this thing called work, work?
is it separate from your life,
such that you leave yourself, and go to it,
like a name it is always with you?
do you leave it and go back to yourself?
what is the work that is not,
not underappreciated,
as a stand-in,
working its way through life?
what is the meaning of work?
can you really ever leave it?
will it ever leave you,
to gather its lessons?
is it ever done,
linger too long for its own good?
can it be completed,
a complete lifetime,
is it a work in progress?
do we progress at work?
do we work out its meaning?
does it mean what we work it out to be?
will it out-last us?
at last be us?
is it inside of our purpose?
the purpose out-side of our purpose?
in the way of a life?
a necessary way to live life?
given the same pay to not go,
would you go to work?
then what would you do?
are we in the work,
is the real work in,


“Study of Studies September 2013” ….“Is There Really Such a Thing as a ‘Workaholic’?”………

 There’s still no medical definition, but psychologists try their best to separate dedicated employees from true addicts.

 The Studies:

[1] Spence and Robbins, “Workaholism: Definition, Measurement, and Preliminary Results” (Journal of Personality Assessment, Feb. 1992)

[2] Griffiths and Karanika-Murray, “Contextualising Over-Engagement in Work” (Journal of Behavioral Addiction, 2012)

[3] Sussman, “Workaholism: A Review” (Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 2012)

[4] Robinson et al., “The Relationship Between Workaholism and Marital Disaffection” (The Family Journal, July 2006)

[5] Carroll and Robinson, “Depression and Parentification Among Adults as Related to Parental Workaholism and Alcoholism” (The Family Journal, Oct. 2000)

[6] Sussman et al., “Prevalence of the Addictions” (Evaluation & The Health Professions, 2011)

[7] Doerfler and Kammer, “Workaholism, Sex, and Sex Role Stereotyping Among Female Professionals” (Sex Roles, 1986)

[8] Kemeny, “Driven to Excel: A Portrait of Canada’s Workaholics” (Canadian Social Trends, Spring 2002)

[9] Hamermesh and Slemrod, “The Economics of Workaholism” (The B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2008)

[10] Araki and Iwasaki, “Death Due to Overwork (Karoshi)” (Journal of the Japan Medical Association, Feb. 2005)