Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Withdrawal Cognitions - aka Quitting Process

The thing that stuck out to me the most in chapter six was withdrawal cognition, particularly because I went through it at every single one of my jobs. After I read this chapter, I realized it was due to my dissatisfaction with my jobs, and all this time I thought I just get bored of work easily.

Withdrawal Cognition - n. Overall thoughts and feelings about quitting a job. Primary reason is lack of job satisfaction.

I'm sure a lot of us have been through it. Saturday afternoon. Your phone rings. You reach over expecting it to be your buddy giving you the details on tonight's party. Instead, you see a different familiar number. It's your work calling, and you know exactly what they're going to ask before you pick up the phone. "Hey buddy, I was wondering if you could come in to work tonight. Becky called in because she has some stomach virus and Hugo already said no; you're our only shot." Dilemma. Disappoint or be disappointed.

Thus starts the cycle of the withdrawal cognition. Withdrawal cognition is exactly how we feel when we first get that call, or a sudden schedule change, or a denial on a day off request. If the feeling and thoughts continue, you will most likely quit. Normal feelings due to crappy job conditions. But there is a cure, an antidote available for employers to combat employee withdrawal cognition. Improve job satisfaction. Simple theory that is rarely practiced.

I tried to find additional sources for withdrawal cognition, but my only results were of Cognitive Impairment in Acute Cocaine Withdrawal


  1. Improving job satisfaction also leads to a changed perception of the work environment, which ultimately affects the behavior and intent you have in the workplace. Improved conditions may change the strength of our intentions to quit. While this action may be easier said than done, I believe that the most effective way to go about making this improvement is through identifying needs for motivation.

  2. This blog reminds me exactly why I'm going to college. The purpose: so I can eventually start a career where satisfaction is an everyday thing, and I don't have to dread waking up and going to work. Unfortunately, this is just hope and dream and the reality of the situation may be quite different. Good points brought up in the article.

  3. Cocaine withdrawal is just one of those things that a recovery center could give as a help for those who need it. It allows you to have the sobriety in life and brand new start to redirect your life where it should be or where you want it to be in a good way.