BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Dr. Humair Yusuf, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

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Restricted Access


Research on workaholism shows its correlation with personality types, work environment or forms of socialization. Escapism, on the other hand, is mainly related to substance abuse or television viewing. There exists a gap in literature which tries to explore whether dependency on work is a way of dodging the realities of life. In order to find this, seven workaholics (5 undergraduate students and 2 recent graduates) from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi were interviewed as per the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) guidelines. The participants were recruited on the basis of their score on the Work-Addiction- Risk-Test (WART) circulated as an online survey. The results of these interviews were categorized into themes such as the need to constantly work, consequences of being a workaholic, feelings of inadequacy, and workaholism as a means of coping. These findings helped establish a positive relationship between individuals’ working habits and their tendency of avoiding. This notion was tied to key factors such as dysfunctional families, fear of failure, anxiety, need to be in control, perfectionism, and low self-esteem. Future research and implications for mental health professionals working in Pakistan were suggested. The most notable one would be to give special attention in finding out workaholics’ internal conflicts causing addictive behavior.



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