The Protestant Work Ethic and Mental Health

The Protestant Work Ethic and Mental Health

Do you have the old Protestant Work Ethic of feeling guilty when you’re not working, and getting a buzz from feeling like you’re really busy.  Do you go into work even when you feel really ill? The Protestant work ethic (or the Puritan work ethic) is a concept in theology, sociology, economics and history which emphasizes hard work, frugality and diligence as a constant display of a person’s salvation in the Christian faith in contrast to the focus upon religious attendance, confession, and ceremonial sacraments.  In 1905 Max Weber a German sociologist, economist and politician wrote a series of essays entitled The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.  He…

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