Atychiphodia: Fear of failure
People afflicted with atychiphobia consider the possibility of failure so intense that they choose not to take the risk. Often these persons will subconciously undermine their own efforts so that they no longer have to continue to try.
I don’t believe that fear of failure is natural. Babies don’t have it, which is why they can learn to walk. A baby learning to walk will take a step, fall down in failure, get up and try again. They do it over and over until they succeed.
Fear of failure is LEARNED. The teaching often begins with our loved ones warning us not to take chances and risk getting our feelings hurt by failing at something. “Do the safe thing,” we are counseled. “Just get a regular, stable job,” we are advised. “I just don’t want to see you get hurt,” we are told.
Early and often, society teaches us that failure is something to be feared and avoided at all costs.
The truth is,
You were born with the ability and courage, to try, fail, try again, and succeed.
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