How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear: The Fear of Criticism

The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self-reliance, and does him damage in a hundred other ways.

Criticism will plant FEAR in the human heart, or resentment, but it will not build love or affection

SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF CRITICISM:

  • SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: expressed through nervousness, timidity in conversation and in meeting strangers, awkward movement of the hands and limbs, shifting of the eyes
  • LACK OF POISE: expressed through lack of voice control, nervousness in the presence of others, poor posture of body, poor memory
  • PERSONALITY: lacking in firmness of decision, personal charm, and ability to express opinions definitely
  • INFERIORITY COMPLEX: the habit of expressing self-approval by word of mouth and by actions, as a means of covering up a feeling of inferiority. Boasting of imaginary achievements. This sometimes gives a surface appearance of a feeling of superiority
  • EXTRAVAGANCE: The habit of trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” spending beyond one’s income
  • LACK OF INITIATIVE: failure to embrace opportunities for self-advancement, fear to express opinions, lack of confidence in one’s own ideas, giving evasive answers to questions asked by superiors, hesitancy of manner and speech, deceit in both words and deeds
  • LACK OF AMBITION: mental and physical laziness, lack of self-assertion, slowness in reaching decisions, easily influenced by others, the habit of criticizing others behind their backs and flattering them to their faces, the habit of accepting defeat without protest

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