Overcoming a Phobia

For as long as I can recall I have scribbled small stories and little tales which amused the mind, and gave rise to the concept of a writing career from an early age but, dare I pull back the veil, brought with it a distinct case of atychiphobia – fear of failure.

I didn’t understand at first. I’d post up my work for all to see and then feel ill to my core as exposure increased, my words unworthy within the field of fiction or fantasy.

It’s taken time for me to overcome that fear, but it still lingers – even now…

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Overcoming a Phobia – © 2019 Paul J. Fleming

Note: I chose to go with a more factual slant here as I was engrossed in some research about the phobias people suffer and wanted to do something other than the normal arachnophobia, coulrophobia or claustrophobia… then I came upon atychiphobia, which is fear of failure.

I’d not imagined myself ‘afraid’ to the point of having a phobia, but the more I delved into it, the more I came to believe I had some classic symptoms and often went as far as to sabotage my own efforts to avoid the ultimate potential of failure. Hence I chose to write this piece based on myself and my own experience.

The list I used (and related links therein) for research can be found here:

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