Credit should usually go to those who work hard and business owners are being encouraged these days to praise their employees and even listen to their opinion. It’s safe to say that most employees love being encouraged, but there are some that find the idea of being praised a fearful thing. When this becomes a phobia it is known as Doxophobia.
People who have such fear may have self-esteem issues but the key issues is that this person wants to be away from anyone’s radar. This fear may also have sprung due to an embarrassing event. Persons who are doxophobes have high levels of success and having this fear does not mean an individual lacks skill.
The biggest symptom is avoidance of situations in which they will be praised, or prodded for their opinion. Other symptoms may include nausea, dizziness, the need to get away, air hunger, trembling or even weeping. It might help the phobic personality to understand that in all likelihood they want to know they are doing a good job, and they want others to value their opinion. The difficulty may be in getting past reminders of how they have felt in the past or the hurt others inflicted verbally and emotionally as a result of public praise or in expressing their opinion. A therapist is a helpful promoter in learning the roots of fear and the ways you can fight it effectively.