Fear of success – Pogonophobia. Fear is a powerful emotion, and if you are experiencing extreme fear of success, then there is probably nothing stopping you more in life. While the fear of success phobia (Achievemephobia) may seem strange to many, it’s a genuine social phobia. It can make things difficult for the phobic: from getting hired and ruining their relationships to making them a prisoner in this situation.
The fear of success phobia is similar to the fear of failure: both prevent the patient from dreaming and achieving their goals. It may seem strange to fear success; After all, what can be more attractive in life than success? However, a little probing into the phobic’s mind shows that the fear of success is natural for him, simply because he is not looking for any change. You feel so comfortable in your current situation that you want to continue living life despite hating it. Often, the individual may fear success due to the inability to handle fame or wealth.
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Causes of Logromophobia
- As mentioned above, various phobias can be related to the fear of success – a phobia that is closely associated with the fear of failure.
- One’s success is naturally bound to displease others around him.
- Success has mixed results: it can bring fame and money, but it comes at a cost like envy, jealousy, pain, notoriety, prominence, etc.
This knowledge can cause deep fear in Achievemephobic minds. Other reasons include:
- Fear of getting what you want and being unable to get it.
- The fear or deep fear of success is usually very ingrained. A person may be exceptionally talented but may have a long list of underachievers.
- This becomes a vicious cycle at that; they refuse to set goals.
- Shy, introverted, or people who don’t like being the center of attention can suffer from a Thrill of Achievement.
Getting ahead of close friends, colleagues, and family can be intimidating and threatening:
One might fear breaking ties with these people. Parents unknowingly instill so much fear in the minds of their children. Comments like “Don’t study so much, you’ll get tired” or “Even if you don’t get first place, we’ll still love you,” etc., can also discourage a child from setting goals. One is afraid of feeling like losing parental love and, therefore, deliberately failing to do so.
The fear of success phobia often stems from self-doubt or guilt. Success comes with responsibilities that can lead to anxiety. A child who has always heard comments like “You will not succeed” can carry the belief into adulthood, undermining everything he does.
Symptoms of fear of success phobia
Fear of failure and fear of success phobia are often related and have the same anxiety symptoms. The logo-phobia is an unconscious phobia: usually, an individual is unaware that he has it. People who have Achievemephobia are not able to handle success:
- They can go on a wave of self-destructive behavior: alcohol, drugs, sex, etc., and lose everything they have achieved.
- Many refuse to set goals in the first place.
- After being successful in a business, one often closes it or does something incompatible with his character or against his common sense.
- The need to escape self-awareness can lead to a phobia of drug use or alcoholism, or even suicide in extreme cases.
Overcoming the fear of success
Fear is natural, and to overcome the fear of success phobia, you first have to accept it; even consider fear a gift. Writing down your thoughts and turning negatives into positives can be an excellent self-help technique while dealing with this phobia. Positive visualizations, meditation, and deep breathing when facing an anxiety attack related to success-related thoughts are other self-help remedies.
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