Can Personality Predict Burnout?

Topic(s): assessment, burnout
Publication: Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (2012)
Article: Personality as a predictor of burnout among managers of manufacturing industries
Authors: AV.S. Madnawat & Pankaj Mehta
Reviewed by: Scott Charles Sitrin

Let’s play a game: which of these managers is most likely to burnout? You have five choices:

        The one who rates high on

openness 

      (e.g., creative, curious)
        The one who rates high on

conscientiousness 

      (e.g., organized, efficient)
        The one who rates high on

extroversion 

      (e.g., outgoing, energetic)
        The one who rates high on

agreeableness 

      (e.g., friendly, empathetic)
        The one who rates high on

neuroticism 

      (e.g., anxious, moody).

If you guessed neuroticism, you win! After comparing personality as measured by the NEO-FFI and burnout as measured by the Maslach-burnout inventory of 170 managers, the authors of the present study found that those with high levels of neuroticism were pessimistic, tired, and ineffective, while those with high levels of extroversion were optimistic, energetic, and efficient.