Fear of failure

Other Names:
Fear of mistakes

Fear of negative evaluation (FNE) was first defined by Watson and Friend in 1969 as "apprehension about others' evaluations, distress over negative evaluations by others, and the expectation that others would evaluate one negatively". FNE is related to specific personality dimensions, such as anxiousness, submissiveness, and social avoidance. People who score high on the FNE scale are highly concerned with seeking social approval or avoiding disapproval by others, and may tend to avoid situations where they have to undergo evaluations. High FNE subjects are also more responsive to situational factors. This has been associated with conformity, pro-social behavior, and social anxiety.

Tormented by the 1986 Challenger explosion, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's, NASA's, new shuttle programme advances warily in fear of another crash.
Aggravated By:
Fear of ostracism
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET
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