Ergophobia

ergophobia photo Ergophobia is a fear of work, the implementation of any targeted actions that require special skills, abilities, knowledge and diligence. Many people call this laziness, but this is far from the case. This is an irrational chronic fear of work. Ergofobes feel anxiety about work and everything that is somehow interconnected with it.

Ergophobia can combine several phobias, for example: glossophobia (fear of public speaking), atihiphobiya (fear of failure), sociophobia (fear of performing social actions or public actions). Ergophobia is also called ergosiophobia, which is translated from Greek as work and fear (“ergon” - work, “phobos” - fear).

Ergophobia causes

Ergophobia is a reckless, suppressing fear of work. A person suffering from ergophobia is afraid that he is not at all capable of work, the performance of official duties, job descriptions. Such a person is often characterized by intolerance to his own failures at work. Some are afraid of checks or meetings at work. They usually share their fear with colleagues. Fear of work, like any other type of phobia, just drives a person crazy. He is in constant tension due to a sense of fear, fear of losing control and not controlling the situation.

At the heart of any irrational, reckless fear is always strong emotions. However, in the case of ergophobia, emotions are always negative, as they are the cause of unconscious fear. The causes of ergophobia, as a rule, can be: strong feelings of the individual before the upcoming case, for example, before an interview at employment. To reduce anxiety and minimize it, you need to start by looking for any information about upcoming work. Since, realizing the practically obtained information, the individual feels much more confident. After a certain period of time, any person, even an ergophobe, working in a new place, will begin to consider himself a professional, and will not be afraid to conduct experiments related to his work.

A person suffering from ergophobia is constantly afraid that nothing will work out for him and the work will remain unfinished. He thinks that he can upset everything, ruin everything, that someone will have to redo all the work for him first. If failures in professional activity haunt the ergophobe relentlessly, then he thinks that he is doomed to failure, and will not even try to change or take something in order to turn things around. So, for example, an ergophobe will not try his abilities and skills in another direction. In situations where the individual constantly analyzes the failures that arose earlier, but does nothing, then most likely he will develop ergophobia. In some cases, frequent checks or commissions at work may cause ergophobia.

The cause of ergophobia can occur from childhood if one of the parents had a similar phobia. Parents can infect their children with their phobias.

Another cause of ergophobia is various injuries, moreover, received during work. Injury can be physical or mental. For example, a person working in a factory caused himself a serious injury with a machine tool. In principle, injury at work is not uncommon. The whole problem is that each individual reacts completely differently to seemingly similar things or situations. Some after injury will become more cautious, and some - on the contrary, quit work. This is precisely the category of people that becomes the first candidates for the acquisition of ergophobia.

Also, people at work can suffer from insults, humiliations, excessive employment, due to non-standard work. In addition, ergophobia can occur due to a lack of knowledge and skills, as a result of which a person begins to fear that he will not be able to cope with the work entrusted to him. Basically, ergophobia affects shy individuals who are very anxious in a situation where they need to help colleagues at work.

Even if there is no apparent reason for the occurrence of irrational phobia, an individual may feel anxiety, anxiety and emotional turmoil, undermining his ability to function normally.

Often, the cause of unconscious fear of work may be dismissal. If a person was previously fired, then he may have difficulty finding a new job, due to fear of being kicked out again.

Often the cause of fear can be boring work. If the subject began his labor activity with uninteresting, boring, monotonous work, then he may have a stereotype that any work will be boring.

Depressive conditions are often causes of ergophobia. So, for example, clinical depression , dysthymia , mourning, or other similar disorders can cause the subject to lose incentives to work.

Ergophobia symptoms

Fear of work is always quite noticeable to others. To hide such an irrational, unconscious fear is almost impossible for an individual, since his attitude to work becomes obvious. However, exacerbation of ergophobia and the appearance of panic attacks are not so common. The subject can secretly experience fear, torment and suffer, but at the same time meticulously perform his duties. However, if a person suffering from ergophobia is suddenly summoned to the authorities, even if the reason is insignificant or to entrust a new case, which for him will seem rather complicated and troublesome, then manifestations of all signs of fears that are typical for phobias cannot be ruled out.

The most common symptoms of ergophobia include a number of specific signs. Ergophobe, experiencing fear, begins to sweat intensely, nausea occurs, the heart rate accelerates, weakness and trembling of the extremities appear. Also, often dizziness, redness of the skin, a sharp deterioration in well-being are noted.

In addition to symptoms from physiology, mental manifestations are also observed. To an individual subject to ergophobia, it begins to seem that something terrible, terrible is about to happen. From a sense of fear, he completely loses control of himself, self-control. From the side, it seems that such a person behaves simply inadequately.

And although the attacks of panic disorder are short-lived, they have a rather serious effect on the individual's body. Therefore, if ergophobia is ignored, then after a certain period of time more pronounced mental disorders may appear. However, by turning in time for psychotherapeutic help, one can avoid the dangerous consequences of panic fear. Moreover, at present, such mental disorders are completely cured.

So, in people suffering from ergophobia, the following symptoms may occur:

- increased heart rate;

- increased sweating;

- tremor of limbs;

- discomfort in the abdomen;

- nausea;

- dizziness;

- a feeling of immobility (numbness) or strong lightness throughout the body;

- fainting condition;

Hot flashes or chills;

- fear of losing control.

Ergophobia treatment

Fear as a basic emotion is easier when compared to anxiety; it always has an object. For example, agoraphobes are afraid of open space, ergophobes - of work and everything related to the implementation of targeted actions. Those. there is a specific reason for fear, but anxiety has no such reason. It can often be expressed in irritation, which came from nowhere. Anxiety can cause a sense of disgust before something, hatred of someone, unmotivated unreasonable strong emotions. Fear is closely associated with danger to the human body, and anxiety is associated with a threat to the individual.

Fear is a protective mechanism and performs a positive function at its core. He makes people more careful and prudent. However, this is precisely the emotion that people would least like to experience. The very experience of a feeling of fear scares a person.

Anxiety causes a search reaction - I am afraid of something, I want something, etc. As a result, a flurry of more specific emotions appears. In a state of anxiety, the subject experiences a whole range of emotions: different types of fear, guilt, anger, shame, etc. A person cannot always understand what is the cause of these emotions. He cannot restrain them, since he believes that certain circumstances preceded these emotions. Such emotions are a protection against anxiety. However, from such emotions a person is inclined to fence himself off. It forces them into the subconscious, which leads to stressful conditions. All these emotions affect the interaction of the individual with others, on his relationships, thoughts, actions, perception, behavior and, as a consequence, on the somatic state.

Therefore, in the treatment of various phobias, it is impossible to drive fear into the subconscious mind and fight it with forceful methods. Treatment should be aimed at making the person aware of fear, understand what causes him anxiety.

There are many treatments for ergophobia. These include: drug therapy, methods of psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, various auto-training, visualization techniques, meditation, relaxation, etc.

From the perspective of psychoanalysis, any phobia is an expression of the conflict that is hidden in the subconscious of the individual. Therefore, they do not treat phobia, but try to identify the conflict itself, which is the root cause. The main tools for detecting such conflicts are: interpretation of dreams, analysis of the doctor’s conversation with the patient. In cases of detection of internal conflict, the patient tries on him and the phobia goes away. Some psychotherapists suggest that the patient himself consciously do what he is most afraid of and use this method to overcome this emotion.

Behavioral therapy is designed to alleviate fear in patients or to completely eliminate it. Often the method of systemic desensitization is used, which is combined with the deepest muscle relaxation. It consists in completely relaxing the patient and modeling several situations that provoke panic fear in him. This method uses the principle of habituation (habituation). A lot of research confirms the fact that this method is a fairly effective therapeutic technique.

Another method of behavioral psychotherapy is the technique of teaching the patient not to be afraid of their ergophobia. It is based on the principle of clarity. The patient observes various scenes from real life, watches films, and understands that the object that provokes panic fear in him does not cause such emotions and fears in others.

Gradual overcoming of fear is also one of the methods of cognitive therapy. It consists in the gradual approach of the patient to the cause of the experience. For any effort on the part of the patient, he is encouraged and praised. In conclusion, we can conclude that the main principle of the listed methods of behavioral therapy is the search for danger in order to ensure safety.

To mitigate the manifestation of anxiety, acute phobic conditions, drug therapy is used as a non-essential therapeutic agent. In any case, it is not recommended to be limited only to treatment with drugs, since when you stop taking the drugs, ergophobia will return again. Also, drugs are addictive.

Any phobias should not be suppressed. If they are, then we need them for something! In the fight against ergophobia, first of all, you need to realize your fear, admit to yourself that it is, accept it and try to learn how to live with it. It should not be driven deep into the subconscious, but it cannot be poked. Do not give fears the opportunity to control your life!


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38 comments for “Ergophobia”

  1. I also have fear in my profession as a sailor, I go on a steamer and I don’t find a way to work, whether I can handle it or not, constantly negative, fear of getting into, a similar case and I have been living with it all my life, they tell me everything will be fine, but I I’ve been living all my life with these fears of depression, and I don’t know what to do.

  2. Hello! I’m a little happy that I’m not the only one. I thought I had one such problem. I got a new job and now I suffer days and nights. Before going to bed I set 3 alarms on different devices, so that not to oversleep, although I always wake up from the first sound and jump. Knowing that I’m going to work tomorrow, I can’t fall asleep for a long time, and in the morning, about three hours before waking up, I wake up, look at my watch and I have panic attacks. I don’t eat breakfast because nothing climbs out of fear, and even if we eat, then vomiting begins. When I descend the stairs from the house, I feel that I have some kind of muscle fatigue, my legs just don’t go, everything is shaking inside, my heartbeat is fast. I reassure me, saying: "Yes, calm down, this is not the last workplace that you were hired to. I don’t like it, you will find another. What’s the problem !!!” But it’s all to no avail. I go by car to work, the travel time is 10 minutes, duck I leave in an hour, and then I sit in the car and try to calm myself down. There is always fear of being late, although I never I’m not late in life.
    And the job is to constantly consult clients by phone. And because I am a very reserved and not talkative person, it’s very difficult for me to do this than my colleagues. A constant fear of looking stupid, ridiculous. It seems that colleagues are watching sorry for you as a fool. A constant burden of responsibility. I have to read a lot, study, study at work, because I'm new, but nothing happens. My brain does not perceive information at all, and I'm afraid to disgrace myself at an oral exam, which takes place once per week on test m. deadline. As if reading the text, I understand the meaning, but I can’t retell it in my own words, I get confused, blush, sweat. I think that I won’t tolerate the end of the term, I’ll quit, because how will I communicate with clients by phone, because they they will consider me an idiot.

  3. Hello! I am not afraid to work, I have a fear of not doing the job to the right extent. I'm afraid to make a decision or sometimes come up and ask. It seems to me that my knowledge is not enough, that my colleagues will look at me askew. Although deep down I understand that this is not so. I can’t understand this fear of work or fear of people. Tell me a book or method of dealing with fear or complex.

    • Hello, Dana. You should reflect on the fact that the surrounding reality is only a reflection of your thoughts. Therefore, replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, you can change the surrounding reality beyond recognition. Therefore, looking from a different angle, you can deal with all the factors that cause stressful conditions. We recommend you to familiarize yourself with:
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  4. I don’t know for sure whether I have ergophobia or not, but when I’m just about to start any work, I immediately have severe pain in my temples and I’m intolerably sleepy. And this happens even when the work is the same as a hobby. From a hobby there are no unpleasant sensations.
    And only when the work is finished, the job is done, then the pain disappears, and the desire for sleep ceases.
    And even earlier, many years ago, from an unwillingness to study or work, the temperature rose (up to 37.2), and she returned to normal only on weekends. Doctors conducted examinations, but could not establish the cause.

  5. I am not an expert, but can such people try to work at home?

  6. Hello, here are some trying, but I'm even afraid to go try. Suddenly, I don’t like the one who takes the job right away, I get a panic, I sweat, say stupid things, get confused in words, of course, whoever sees such behavior will think that she is sick and no one will take such a stupid one. It’s a shame for myself to tears that she’s so unsure, my acquaintances have offered me many times, but I couldn’t decide to go, she thought they would later condemn me, regret that I was offered to work. I don’t work, but I’m 31, there are children, but I want to be an example to the children and not stay at home.

  7. I thought that I was the only one, for some reason I’m hard to get used to my new job, I’m 39 years old, but like 20 I feel bad in the new team, I worked in one place for 9 years, the company broke up and I almost for a year changed several jobs, I didn’t like everywhere, now I got a job, I work, but I’m not doing it right now, I force myself to endure, what should I do? I tolerate it, because the device is official, but in a year I’ll leave anyway, I miss my work so much!

  8. No one will do you. In our tyrannical system, the very concept of illness does not exist. It exists only in articles such as this. You can only read, calm down a bit. That's all.

  9. Hello! I’ve been looking for work for several years. All employment takes place according to the same scheme. I go through an interview, training, and on the day of work, I begin to get dull with fear. Dizzy, sweating, one thought in my head - how to refuse correctly. Things are getting worse and worse, a lot of debt, money is needed, but I can’t get myself to work more than one day. There was one job that I was half a year at (the girl’s private nanny), and I didn’t quit myself (they moved), then there was also wild fear, but I didn’t refuse that job because I quickly found a common language with the girl’s mother. She had the same problems, despite the fact that she was 33 years old, she worked a maximum of two weeks in her life. I helped her with the housework and sat with the child.
    Then again I had to look for work and, despite the successful experience, I again met with my fears. Again I settle in, a day goes by, two workers, and in tears I leave work again.
    From all sides they still press, they ask when will I get settled, my husband, it seems to me, will soon be expelled from the house altogether.
    I don’t have money to go to a specialist, I have the feeling of a pounded mouse, on the one hand this stupid fear, on the other hand, relatives who are waiting for me to finally plow. (Since childhood, all the stories of parents were about what they need to work, preferably in several jobs).

    • Hello, Elena.
      To find out the provoking reason (fear of work), you should find and realize the regularity of what is happening yourself. Returning to childhood memories, communication with loved ones and society, it is possible to discover the cause of the neurotic state. This may be the fear of receiving a negative assessment, which does not allow you to accept yourself for who it is. Change your attitude to the work process itself - support yourself with this attitude: “the one who does not work is not mistaken”. Admit to yourself, the employer, that you need more time to adapt than an ordinary person, because you are very nervous and worried about the correctness of the work. On the one hand - it will reassure you, on the other hand - it will allow you to be more lenient with the leadership. The adaptation period - every person experiences addiction in a new workplace. And this is natural when a person experiences uncertainty to one degree or another. This is a complex psychological and physiological process of getting used to the new situation, the regime of the day, etc. The adaptation period at a new workplace lasts from several months to a year.
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    • Elena, I have a similar problem. Tell me how are you, did you manage to cope with this?

      • Good day) Yes, I didn’t think that I could handle it, but I found, like I dreamed of working through the Internet) I met the same problems, but the idea that I was at home, that these people do not know me, was able to brighten up this adaptation period. And nobody tried to rush me (the start-up company), of course, there were plans, but I could fulfill them and I can at a convenient time. I really like the job, I found new friends and just good colleagues. Worked at first, to be honest, until the night, on the same conviction that you need to plow. Now, six months later, she began to organize a normal regime. Not to say that fear has passed completely. If I lose this work, adaptation and fear will be new, but at least I already know where to go.

  10. Hello! I am 25 years old. I write with tears. In childhood, my mother always told me that I was a loser, there was no sense in bad taste from you (,,, I was constantly hurt, offended). Every day she told me these phrases. Constantly mocked. All my life it's a phrase in my head. I write and cry straight. But I was not like that, I always helped my mother, with the children I did everything myself with cooking and cleaning. Now my adult life is married, Thank God, I gave birth to a beautiful girl. Now I want to work, but I can’t. I’m afraid to work, I constantly think, but what if I don’t succeed, I don’t have any experience how will I work there? Sorry if I have spelling errors. Help me please really really want to work.

    • Hello Ayia. “I’m afraid to work, I constantly think, but what if it doesn’t work out for me” - Take it easier: it won’t work, it won’t work out - quit. But there will be something to personally praise for yourself - they have overcome fear and got a job.
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  11. What is the right article ... I'm tired of feeling disgusting. At the moment I am in the phase of exacerbation .. I in no way justify my inaction, but ... at least now I’ll stop spreading my tongue that I am such that I live worthlessly. Since childhood, there have been difficulties, but I tried to overcome them as best I could. I graduated very well from school, I entered the university the first time, but having trained before in a vocational school to overcome my phobias, I was not sure that I would act right after school with a strange insecurity that was not justified. there were problems at the institute, dropped out of college twice, but recovered, and graduated. Diploma defended well. I was inspired. I got a job a little out of profile, I had enough for six months, thanks to intrigues I survived, I was scared of competition, I had zero experience, with good potential, but there was no help. Okay, I swallowed it and went to another job. Again, the women's team, as it seemed to me, I got along with almost everyone. It was not easy, but I tried. A few years later I got a taste of it, it began to work out for me, uncertainty disappeared, initiative and approval of the authorities appeared. My sudden dismissal, due to the reduction, knocked the soil out under my legs. Dismissed without explanation. A few years later the leadership changed, and I was invited again, every year. I was so unable to return there ... I tried to work in a couple of places, but any failure plunged me into stress, turning me into a strange worker. I left myself, coming up with reasons. I didn’t think that my reduction SO affected my attitude towards subsequent work places. I am at home now. I annoy my family and myself. I’m not even trying to get anywhere. Just thinking about it leads me into a stupor and quiet horror. But more than anything, I do not digest psychologists ... .. how to be?

  12. Hello! Thank you for the very helpful information. Indeed, every second person can now say that he has this disease. Including me. But in my case, the problem concerns not only work (profession), but also other issues, in particular: homework, classes in a foreign language, sewing, cooking, communication with a child. In general, whatever I touch, what I do not want to do at a certain moment, I cannot; I can’t even get myself started. I suspect I have more serious mental health problems. But I can’t even just force myself to go to a psychotherapist (there was an unsuccessful attempt with a specialist very respected in our city).
    My question is: is it possible to consult (online or by email) with your specialist?
    Thank.

  13. I would advise doing yoga. I don’t know how miraculously this happens, but it really works, in my case, this phobia from childhood and throughout my life poisoned me. It has been a year now since I regularly practice yoga and noticed that these and many other fears gradually began to disappear and self-confidence began to appear.

  14. I also have it along the way ... acquired ... .. and all because I seem to have reworked. I lived for a long time work work and work. Late at the weekend .. you need to love yourself. Respect. This is the only way to survive. And do not turn yourself away from work completely. And the most terrible thing in my opinion is the team accustomed to be friends against someone. Vile. Whispers behind. I can’t participate in this. Disgusting to horror. And this is really scary. Let there be good people at all jobs. Just people who respect themselves and therefore do not say nasty things about others. We should not turn into beasts. Never for any money. Forgive me for this cry of the soul. Worn for too long.

  15. Quite by chance I came across this article and was simply stunned how everything converges! Now I know what's with me! It started 5 years ago! As soon as I entered the office, my head immediately began to feel dizzy and a pre-fainting state appeared that did not pass throughout the whole working day! I had to quit! Now everything is clear to me!

  16. People, these your fears of work are normal, do not consider this a pathology. The thing is that the conditions that are created at work in general, everywhere they are initially unfriendly. Especially in modern bourgeois society, when everyone thinks only about how to earn more money and usually at the expense of others. At the same time, using dishonest methods and disregard for subordinates. Any job requires obedient slaves. To work well and efficiently, and at the same time pay them penny salaries. What is the secret of rich people? Yes, to exploit the labor of other people. Therefore, when it comes to money, people don’t give a damn, they are just consumables for employers. When you get a job, you work for someone else's business, stuff your pockets to your master (employer), and he shares with you the crumbs from the master's table in the form of a salary. And yet the employer imposes a bunch of requirements, for example, they want such personal qualities as: sociability, stress resistance, energy, an active life position, the ability to work in multitasking mode, to cope with large amounts of information. In short, you must be an effective slave energizer, with an active lifestyle and be happy to work for a penny. I don’t know what to advise, maybe I need to try to understand myself and understand what kind of work is more tolerant for you, what you could handle and what brings less worries and worries.

    • I agree with you. All that you wrote is true. I am saved in this situation by faith in God. I go to church for confession and it supports me, soothes me. I think that tomorrow will be better than now and that all people are the same as me, made of the same matter. I have nothing to fear from them; I love them all. And the Bible says, “Your mouth will make you work.” If you want to eat, you will start working and all the phobias will pass.

    • Nikolay, it's just super how you sorted it all out. Now almost 90 percent except state employees work for private owners. They really don't care. If only he worked and made a profit. This phobia developed gradually, the fact is that I am really too responsible and more and more began to load me, and I can’t just do my job poorly about ... .... as people say. And now it began to seem to me that I was not in time, I was afraid that something was wrong. But after a terrible hypertensive crisis, I reconsidered my attitude, no, I did not work after my sleeves. But I always have an internal dialogue with myself. Why do you need this, I can do everything and calmly do it, but will not do it, nothing, the world will not collapse, they will wait. I stopped doing someone else's work, I just don’t notice it, a negligent worker has to do it himself. Although honestly, during the treatment for the crisis, the doctor attributed to me anvifen. Now I don’t drink it. The main thing is to understand where this fear comes from. Great article.

  17. I YOU all perfectly understand how I can go to work, my head hurts every day, my heart beats, I cross my feelings, I say to myself every day, it's some kind of hell, I can’t sleep at night, I already had a psychologist, now I’m trying without a psychologist , everything in the soul was taken apart, laid out on shelves. IT IS SCARY TO GO TO WORK. Everything has been going on since my childhood, and my parents deny it that way, and they are skeptical of psychologists, and strictly, by chance, everything happened, I got to the psychologist. THIS IS ALL THE PROGRESS of the world, things, phones, sex. THIS PEOPLE ARE Beasts, they treat each other like that, therefore the psychologist sets up trusting only himself, then the parents wonder why the children treat their parents like that, go to the psychologist, SECRET! THIS IS YOUR LIFE. LIFE PLEASURES TO LOSE FROM PARENTAL PROHIBITIONS. PARENTS themselves unscrupulous.

  18. I don’t know how other people do, but with the word * work * or with the phrase * I need to get a job * only from the listed symptoms dizziness, sweating, palpitations speed up, but there is something else, sometimes I start to suffocate and almost always starts to hurt head and there is simply a desire to run * where eyes look * what is called.
    I explain this to myself only as a disappointment in life and in people. When studying at school, how many people (children are also people) faced a situation where a person did everything right, or answered there, and his teacher spread rot, puts underestimated grades and then another person who did nothing draws good grades from for doom, or because of personal sympathy for a person? Want to know where children are crippled? - the answer is primary and secondary schools, we need enhanced control to test teachers and not on knowledge, but on their psychological state. It’s me who’s keeping silent about society, into which not so much an individual may fall, and in the future, thanks to all of the above, a sociopath.

    Z.Y. Studying is the same job.

  19. Hello, I now realized that I am not the only one and that such a disease as ergophobia exists. I believe that ergophobia is inherited, because I have been suffering from these panic attacks since I was a child before speaking in public. I ran away from kindergarten, then I was afraid to go to class if I was late. To my surprise, I graduated from the pedagogical institute and received a diploma, but these were painful times. Now a year has already passed, when I graduated from the university, but I still haven’t got a job, because I’m afraid to rejoin the new team and I’m afraid to seem illiterate and incapable of anything.

  20. I have the same problem, I graduated two months ago, by age I should work for a long time, but I'm afraid. Parents and relatives do not understand, they think that I'm just looking for a reason not to get settled, but this is not so. I really want to find work and work like an ordinary normal person, like all my friends. But I just can’t overpower myself. As I imagine this interview or test day, I just start a tantrum. The school also had such problems, it was also afraid of practice, but somehow it forced itself, perhaps it understood that there was no responsibility, because it was just practice. But with work, everything is different. I do not know what to do. Depression because of this is getting stronger every day.

  21. I also have this problem, as a child I was left home alone early from 4-5 years old and I developed a great responsibility for myself, after my brother was born, responsibility increased (left to watch) I was 8 years old. My main fear is that I am afraid of responsibility at work that I can’t cope (((and the more responsible the work, the worse I get, I start not to sleep, twist in my head that I can’t cope, after that the dream goes away, trembling appears and I'm afraid that due to lack of sleep, I can dull during the day, behave differently, and now I'm afraid not to fall asleep. I had 2 jobs, where I was not afraid, because there was no responsibility and the work itself was calm and I was trained from the beginning, so I worked there calmly. My first place of work was a convenience store, where I was to I’m worried about money and left, supposedly a big responsibility, trust exit-refusal of desire, then I went to work as a sales assistant, absolutely no responsibility, specially refused to work at the cash desk (consciously removing responsibility), after I graduated from high school I got a job to the bank, at first everything was fine until they gave me the test, I was very worried that I wouldn’t pass the test, I couldn’t cope and the dream was gone, the investigation quarreled, thought only about sleep, and not about the cause of insomnia, rushed to the doctors, eventually left with work supposedly bo I pour, I do not sleep, the toxin renounces desire again. Then I got a new place, they immediately sent me to the courses, and they taught me, I was calm, I didn’t worry, the work was calm, not active, moderate, now I’ve been sitting on it for 8 years, went on maternity leave, I know what to leave, but fears, fears that I can’t cope, I believe that I am not a super specialist, that I can’t work at another job (((((In general, the last straw was an occasion, my husband, through acquaintances, called me for an interview, I kept up well, but after me I began to figure out that I could not cope, responsibility to my husband yet, at an interview they asked about a I’ve sat down, but I don’t work in it, in general, the symptoms disappeared, I was not invited to work, but now I’m in a neurosis, in contradiction ((((I went to the doctor, but haven’t gone yet, I drink teraligen, helps for 3 hours, the head is constantly working, I know everything and I understand all the roots and what should I do, but I don’t want to give up the desire to find a new job, maybe there is a specialist here who can tell me if I need to look fear in the eye, or wait and see a therapist for now?

  22. Hello! I have this problem too. After this article, I realized that my ergophobia has existed since school times, when our class was disgustingly not friendly. And when I went out to the board, terrible anxiety began to seize me that I would look stupid now, that they would laugh at me at every mistake, that I hadn’t learned something and didn’t know. In addition to school, I studied at a music school. The teacher was an authoritarian style of learning, could shout, slap on the keyboard. I was afraid, I didn’t want to practice the instrument, and because of this I didn’t do it at home, and coming to the lessons she had to learn everything anew with me. But I still went there, because my parents kept saying “you won’t leave the musician, we spent so much money!” Then by the 9th grade I decided to leave school quickly because of hostility towards classmates, then the music teacher decided that I should go to music college for a music teacher, I Without hesitation, agreed with her. In college, another phobia began - the fear of the stage, of the public, always thought of WHAT they think of me - “what will they say and how do they react?” The state of panic is a terrible and painfully familiar feeling for me, which I can’t cope on my own to this day.
    Now when looking for work, I am always afraid of what I don’t know, that I won’t manage, that I’m probably not doing everything right, that I won’t be able to remember everything. And on Monday to go to work as the musical director in kindergarten. And now I do not sleep at night, I dream in those dreams those moments that I fear and do not know. No experience, skills so-so, again panic ...

    • Hello, Rosalia. Drink soothing tinctures and tune yourself to the fact that you can cope and adequately transfer the first working day. You can play some repertoire of kindergarten to calm your soul.

    • Rosalia, good night, please write how you dealt with the phobia, I have the same fears

  23. Is it possible to cope with ergophobia if it is already in a very neglected form? The first manifestations began (4 years ago) with the transfer to a new team, then a serious illness of the mother (comments on work became more frequent) and her death. As a result, a reduction. The search for a new job did not bring success. Then the younger brother’s severe illness is his death. I’m trying to get settled again, but I just can’t. After another failure, she practically stopped sleeping. A constant fear that something terrible should happen. I'm afraid to communicate with people, I almost never leave my house.

    • Galina, it all depends on your desire to be cured, therefore, we recommend that you do not delay and seek the help of a therapist.

      • Yes, go to an intelligent psychologist. You can’t live with that. And perhaps this is not a fear of work, namely a fear that something terrible will happen. It's just that this phobia is mixed with fears associated with work. Therefore, it’s scary to look for a new one, and having found, these fears will be projected from you ... In general, your path is only to a psychologist. Do not take the time for this. It is in your best interest.

    • Hi, I have a similar situation, I worked as a truck driver after I got into an accident, and in my own car, giving a lot of money to the victim. A week later, his mother died, became afraid to drive any kind of car. I’m trying to get a previous position and at that moment I need to go somewhere, I sharply refuse to find a hundred reasons, after which there is a dismissal and again a job search. My son is growing, the family needs money. But one spouse works, because working with our city is very, very bad. I understand that this can no longer continue, but I can’t do anything. I don’t know what to do and where to turn, because I don’t have money for a psychologist either.

      • Vasiliy,
        I highly recommend Liz Burbo's book - 5 injuries that prevent you from being yourself.

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