At a recent regional meeting of consultant psychiatrists I did something rather irregular. I admitted I frequently take a lunch break. It felt like a confession having just heard dedicated colleague after colleague describe forgoing their lunch breaks in order to pack more and more into their overloaded days. Afterwards at the bar someone asked me if I felt guilty. My immediate response was “no”. After all I have been brought up to believe that the hallmark of a civilised professional life is having time to think. However the question intrigued me – should I feel guilty? Or, more to the point, maybe I had revealed too much by making my psychopathy apparent especially as I often follow lunch with a stroll by the sea.
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