About the book 'Fried'
The book 'Fried' by Joan Borysenko provides an informative and healing perspective about
burnouts and how we can come out of that. This book provides a thorough understanding of burnouts
and approaches and solutions for healing.
Outline of the contents
The book starts with the detailed explanation about burnout. Joan Borysenko provides a clear
description about the 12 stages of the burnouts. She had taken the definition of stages
earlier defined by the late psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, who popularised the condition in
his 1980 book, burnout:The high cost of high achievement and added some modifications and
improvements based on her experience, research and social interaction. This division is highly
helpful for anyone to understand the stage of burnout and paves the way for healing. The self
exploration exercises given in this chapter are very helpful for this purpose.
After this, there is a discussion of depression medication. The author points out that while
medication is helpful, it is important to connect ourselves with our spiritual nature to get really
better. Then the various root causes of burnout are discussed like childhood experiences, acquired
attitude, personality types and temperament. In this content a useful introduction was provided to
Myers Briggs personality types and other research.
The very characteristic of a 'Fried' situation is low energy and Joan Borysenko
discusses about energy management during a burnout and provides useful suggestions on handling and
improving the energy.
But the actual healing from burnouts and avoiding further burnouts comes only after a inner
change which happens by letting go and by practicing the power of presence. By connecting to our
spiritual self, we grow above our self inflicted pains. These solutions were discussed in the last
Throughout the book, the author quotes the experiences of friends from social interaction sites
(face book) which help in better connection with the reader and have added further value to the
The elaborate discussion on depression medication is highly informative but looked some-what out
of place in the flow of the main topic.
A reference guide towards the end of the book pointing to all the exercises and meditations
given in the book would have been very helpful to a reader who is interested in practising the
suggested solutions. Request the author and publishers to add this in future editions.
Some good quotes from the book
Here are a few good quotes from the book 'Fried' by Joan Borysenko, which demonstrate the
holistic approach displayed in this book:
- Revival from burnout is always about the recovery of lost authenticity. It's waking up to
who we really are and realizing that heaven is not a destination, but a state of mind.
- Do whatever it takes to appreciate the wonder of the unique expression of Life that you
- It gets exhausting when you believe that you're personally responsible for changing the
'Fried' is a very well researched and informative book for burnouts and the spiritual approach
and solutions provided are very practical and helpful.
About the author and publishers
Joan Borysenko. Ph.D is a psychologist, medical scientist from Harvard and a spiritual educator.
She has written 15 books and is a New York Times belling author. This book is published by Hay