Questionnaire by Dean Spade

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(a questionnaire by Dean Spade)

  1. Do you think you might be the worst person?
  2. Do you think you might be the best person?
  3. Do you feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with news of contemporary travesties?
  4. Do you get more excited about your work than anything else?
  5. Do you get more anxious about your work than anything else?
  6. Are there times when you can charge through your work and other times when you can’t?
  7. Is all or most of your reading or writing time connected to your work?
  8. Do you take work with you to bed?
  9. Do you take work with you on weekends?
  10. Do you take work with you on vacation?
  11. Do you sleep with your phone nearby and turned on?
  12. Do you read emails on your phone in bed when you wake up?
  13. Have you made commitments to limit your time on email or the phone and been unable to keep them?
  14. Do you find it difficult or impossible to stop texting or looking at your phone when you should be listening to someone?
  15. Do you hear phantom phone rings or feel phantom vibrations?
  16. Is Facebook a problem?
  17. Is Twitter a problem?
  18. Is OK Cupid a problem?
  19. Is Scruff a problem?
  20. Do you resent Facebook?
  21. Do you resent email?
  22. Do you resent Tinder?
  23. Do you resent Grindr?
  24. Have you ever texted during sex? Have you answered a call during sex?
  25. Do you have an excessive number of tabs open?
  26. Do you turn your hobbies into professional ventures?
  27. Do you turn your friendships into work collaborations?
  28. Are most of your relationships with people in your profession?
  29. Do you remember what it felt like to write when it was not your job to do so? Do you miss it?
  30. Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time?
  31. Do you take on extra work because you are concerned that it won’t otherwise get done?
  32. Do you take on extra work because you do not believe other people can do it as well?
  33. Do you underestimate how long a project will take and then rush to complete it?
  34. Do you delay beginning a project and experience a surge of adrenaline as you prepare at the last minute or go forward unprepared?
  35. Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you work for justice?
  36. Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
  37. Are you afraid that if you don’t work hard you will be a failure?
  38. Is the future a constant worry for you even when things are going well?
  39. Do you feel that others are not doing enough?
  40. Do you feel that you are not doing enough?
  41. Do you push others to do things?
  42. Do you push yourself to do things?
  43. Do you know how to have fun?
  44. Do you remember something you like to do that you would categorize as play? Is it drinking?
  45. Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else?
  46. Have your long hours hurt your relationships?
  47. Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking?
  48. Do you work or read during meals?
  49. Have you ever used alcohol to relax from the stress of work?
  50. Do you compose social media posts in your head uncontrollably?
  51. Do you feel compelled to photograph and post pictures of all important events?
  52. Do you resent other people’s success?
  53. Do you feel like a fraud?
  54. Have you altered your appearance to suit professional norms?
  55. Do you accept more commitments than you can fulfill to make up for being a terrible person?
  56. Are you waiting to get caught for a lie you have told on your resume, on a website, or in a meeting?
  57. Do you feel fear when you encounter people or groups who do not know about or appreciate your work?
  58. Does the idea of losing your career or work terrify you?
  59. Are there things you know you could do that would benefit your physical or mental health that you consistently delay, prioritizing work instead?
  60. Do you find it difficult to have a consistent routine to organize your time?
  61. Do you use your politics to justify neglectful or harmful behaviors to yourself or others?
  62. Do you use your critique of neoliberalism to rationalize avoiding self-care?
  63. Do you find it difficult to trust people you are collaborating with?
  64. Does perfectionism produce procrastination in your activities?
  65. What percentage of your thoughts are fearful, resentful, self critical or judgmental?
  66. How do you try to maintain control of situations and people?
  67. Are you overscheduled?
  68. Has work stress or excessive work affected your health?
  69. Have you been afraid, resentful or controlling today?
  70. Do you often fear you might be missing out on something more important? Do you feel that fear right now?
Dean Spade is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. He teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, and Law and Social Movements.  Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Dean was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School, teaching classes related to sexual orientation and gender identity law and law and social movements.

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