Ergophobia: Every Worker’s Fear

If you tell me to be utterly honest here, I must say that I truly hate Sunday evenings and Monday mornings for one reason: Work time is at the turn of the corner. Even though it is not a real concern, because you just set your mind ready for what comes next and that’s it, for some people ergophobia is a real condition that blocks interpersonal behavior and prevents social interaction. Some weird phobias and fears like fear of driving, fear of success or ergophobia really affect the interaction with a society that expects a behavior that matches general norms and rules.

The word ergophobia comes from the Greek ‘ergon’ that means work, and the word ‘phobos’ that means fear. A person that shows symptoms of ergophobia, is a person that is afraid of the working environment, afraid of failing at their duties, afraid of speaking in public, or simply afraid of socializing with their co-workers.

Whether you suffer from fear of driving, fear of success or ergophobia, it is required that you find assistance to overcome those phobias and fears that prevent you from living a normal life. Ergophobia is not a new phobia. This condition was discovered around 1905 by Dr. Spanton, who said that it is a real condition, and needs immediate attention, ruling out the theory that it was only a sign of laziness.

It is a really an exaggerated fear of working, where the person may be fully aware of their situation, but they know that their fear is simply irrational. Some of the symptoms that phobias and fears like fear of driving, fear of success or ergophobia produce are:

1 ) Irrational fear of working

2 ) Panic episodes

3 ) Feelings of terror, horror and an fear of unknown events

4 ) Raised heart beat, also called tachycardia

5 ) Breathing troubles that could lead to asthma

6 ) Trembling

7 ) Nervousness and anxiety

8 ) Extreme sweating

9 ) Complete avoidance of those social situations

10 ) Redness

11 ) Skin rash in face, neck, chest and other sensitive areas

If you wish to eradicate ergophobia, fear of success, fear of driving, or any other phobias and fears, from you or one of you acquaintances, then these are the measures you need to take into account.

1) Seek intensive professional help. Psychological advise is a great allied to cope with irrational states of mind.

2) A specialized doctor could be consulted in order to provide you with some medical solutions, a treatment.

3) Find alternative solutions like therapy that comprises body energy, concentration and medication.

We all have our phobias and fears at one level or another. For example, fear of success has that unbearable action of self-sabotaging, while fear of driving has a psychological background of death and destruction, and fear of work has that Monday morning, weekend, or after-holiday allergy.


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