Background. Occupational burnout is discussed in the paper as an existential problem, on the grounds of works of two eminent humanists - a philosopher and a psychiatrist.
Review. Józef Tischner, a priest and professor of philosophy, in his philosophical analyses dealt with the individual, his fears and pain, with human hope, freedom and dignity - in the subject's encounter with another human being. Professor Antoni Kępiński, his bosom friend, was a "master in describing human experience ". A special attention was drawn to the problem of "being lost in the relationship with self and the world", and to "losing hope and withdrawing into fear".