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Kakorrhaphiophobia – Fear of failure or defeat

Kakorrhaphiophobia is an intense, irrational fear of failure or defeat. The person coping with this phobia may fear failure in every single side of their life and should feel that they must constantly show themselves as being better, more in a position and extra competent than others. A kakorrhaphiophobic individual might aggressively compete with peers, household members, co-workers and will obsessively search acknowledgment of their achievements. This morbid concern of failure can consume the phobic person-s each thought.

Kakorrhaphiophobia derives from the Greek phrase -kakos-, meaning bad and -phobos- meaning fear. It is of interest to note, that this phobia could be literally construed to mean concern of being bad.

What Causes Kakorrhaphiophobia?

As is the case with all phobias, the person suffering from Kakorrhaphiophobia has skilled a real-life trauma at some point in their life. Thereafter, when the phobic particular person confronts any scenario that even remotely reminds them of the trauma, their brain automatically signals a struggle or flight reaction.

The most blatant cause of Kakorrhaphiophobia is an experience of failure. Perhaps the individual coping with this phobia also experienced severe consequences because of that failure. Maybe the kakorrhaphiophobic person is extremely competitive and was encouraged to avoid failure or defeat at any cost. Maybe this person was highly sensitive to the peer strain that we all experience in our faculty years and a phobia developed over the years.