Background. The paper presents a metaphysical perspective for understanding the reasons of occupational burnout, with a particular emphasis on the concept of subjectivity.
Review. The third element of existence is commonly called transcendence - i.e. something that transgresses, or goes beyond. According to philosophy, transcendence is neither God's domain, nor the domain of a single human being that strives for his/her needs and goals. The only thing any man can be sure of is: "I exist, but there also exists something that is not myself". From the viewpoint of metaphysics a choice is possible consisting in mutual recognition ofsubjectivity, mutual recognition by selfand non-self that the two are mutually equivalent, being at the same time something more than usable objects.