Burnout vs Boreout

Burnout ... Boreout ... Depression ... No matter how cliché, once you reach the lowest point, you can only go one way ... Up. However, appropriate guidance must of course be used for this. Incorrect counseling will only slow down or worsen the recovery process. I have now made it my profession to give fellow sufferers the tools to get out of their misery with more strength than before. Once you have been so low, you will never want to go back. And I understand that all too well.
In order to use appropriate guidance, the therapist or counsellor, as well as those affected, need to know where it went wrong. I can help with that.

What exactly is the difference between a burn-out and a bore-out and what approach is needed? Read on and find out.



Burnout is one of the biggest consequences of our modern Western society. A large amount of employees - but also young people! - drop out with burnout symptoms. When we talk about burnout we are talking about a situation in which you are at a loss of power due to too much workload. Burnout generally doesn't come out of the blue. Before you get burned out, there has been a long start-up period of at least 6 months. And recovery generally takes at least as long as the run-up. Burnout is often accompanied by depression. All in all not something that should be underestimated and certainly not concerning reintegration, be it in the workplace or at school.
Highly sensitive people (HSP) are often more prone to burnout, because they process information from the environment much more intensively, which of course costs a lot of energy. 

The CoreTalents and Burnout

When we talk about burnout at CoreTalents, we can assume a number of different scenarios:

  • It concerns a situation (school or work) where someone has had to indulge in too many energy-consuming CoreTalents (the strong CoreTalents are appealed to too little and the small ones too much);
  • It concerns a situation (school or work) in which someone has been able to indulge his energizing CoreTalents, but has spent too much time in doing so and therefore has not taken (enough) time to relax or switch off (for which there is a strong need from certain strong CoreTalents);
  • It concerns a situation in which a specific CoreTalent combination occurs, which can contribute to a person becoming exhausted more easily and quickly;
  • It concerns a situation in which someone has reached their maximum in the area of ​​competence (Peter Principe);
  • Any of the situations mentioned above is further reinforced by difficulties in the home or work atmosphere.

In the case of burnout, reintegration into the old situation shouldn't be too much of a problem, as long as the individual in question manages to create balance, based on his / her CoreTalents constellation. So: invest less time in small CoreTalents; more time in strong CoreTalents; take more time to let off steam; carry out work at the right level ... etc.
In addition, reintegration must be done in phases and under the correct guidance, to prevent the individual from relapsing again too quickly.

When it concerns a student, it must be looked at how to reduce the workload or pressure, create a safe living environment, find a suitable outlet, realize appropriate education ... etc. Naturally, every situation is unique and given the fact that it is a young person, appropriate professional guidance is certainly also required.

Bore out

Bore-out is less known than burn-out and is often misdiagnosed as burnout because the symptoms are largely the same. A quickly made, but nevertheless a big mistake, since the approach to recovery in boreout is the complete opposite of burnout. Too little knowledge often underlies this, even if the best intentions are to help the patient. Boreout is about taking too little workload, having not been challenged enough intellectually. One is actually working under their potential or intellectual ability. Boreout can also be accompanied by depression and needs the right guidance to be overcome.

We distinguish two types of bore-out:

  • Quantitative bore-out: if the work is up to standard, but there is not enough work to fill the day.
  • Qualitative bore-out: if the work is not challenging enough, because it does not suit your intelligence level or personality.

Bore-out is relatively common among gifted individuals, sometimes even while they are still in school, if too little challenge is offered in terms of subject matter. In such a case we also speak of 'school tired'. It is the young people who often sit at home.

The CoreTalents and Bore-out

Based on the two variants of boreout mentioned above, with CoreTalents in mind, we look at this as follows:

  • There is insufficient opportunity to perform at least 75% to 80% of the Strong CoreTalents on a daily basis in the workplace (quantitative bore-out);
  • The strong CoreTalents cannot be lived up to at the level of potential (qualitative bore-out).

In the case of reintegration in the workplace during a bore-out, the approach should not be focused on slowly building up and phasing up the old tasks, but rather on supervising tasks that challenge on the basis of intelligence and the Core Talents constellation. Sometimes it is necessary to look for another employer.
In addition, a high-quality bore-out requires careful consideration of the level of work (especially with gifted individuals!). In the case of reintegration, this is sometimes ignored by Unemployment Agencies, which is a missed opportunity, since a suitable position at the right level (not only based on completed training) can prevent a relapse.

"Never confuse education for intelligence."

In the case of reintegration of students with bore-out, the material must be challengin enough, based on their level of intelligence and also in an appropriate quantity. Strong CoreTalents that cannot be enjoyed at school should be indulged in a different way, for example, through a hobby.