Choice quote from "The Soul of a New Machine" by Tracy Kidder:
Most people, at one time or another in their careers as adults, reenact the molting of their adolescences.
In my own experience, this goes even further into reenacting familial relationships with managers and other co-workers. I can definitely see how I've put myself -- and others -- in positions that echo back to my own childhood and upbringing.
Perhaps, then, stress and burn out are the growing pains of adolescence relived.