Justine Toh is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, where she speaks and writes about the Christian faith in publications like ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘The Canberra Times’, ‘The Spectator’, and ABC ‘Religion & Ethics’. She occasionally guest hosts ABC Radio National’s ‘God Forbid’, a panel program exploring contemporary religion, and has co-presented the documentary ‘For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined’. Justine has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney and tweets, erratically, at @justinetoh. And yes, she is a recovering achievement addict.
I would say that workaholism ... is one of the very socially acceptable addictions that we have out there. We’re in a system that’s always about - what’s our GDP? How can we drive economic prosperity? We, as a society, have a lot to gain from people being addicted to their work; a system where people see a lot of self-worth in their work. But, if you are talking to a friend ... who feels really upset that they’ve lost their job or gotten a bad mark, the thing you want to say that is absolutely true is that you are loved and accepted.