This study aimed to understand and evaluate psychic suffering and sickening of university professors based on the perception of their work and their relationship with it. With a qualitative approach, seven professors, between 31 and 66 years old (M = 50; SD = 11,87), from public and private institutions from the state of Rio de Janeiro were interviewed. The evaluation of the content was made by means of the Descendent Hierarchical Classification, using the Iramuteq software. The interviews showed that the professors perceive their work as fascinating but subjected to neuroticization. This conflict can lead them to suffering and sickening. Even though the adoption of new educational and organizational policies is a common wish among professors, it was possible to notice their engagement in genuine actions as job crafting as a form of dealing with labor demands and create new condition that will not lead to sickening.
Teaching work; colleges; psychic conflict