Fear of failure

Nobody likes to fail, but for some people failure is such a psychological threat that their motivation to prevent failure is greater than their motivation to succeed.

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What is fear of failure?

Fear of failure can also be seen as a fear to feel ashamed. People who have fear of failure are motivated to avoid failure, not because they cannot cope with the emotions that come with failing, such as disappointment, anger and frustration associated with such experiences, but because they also feel deep shame because of failure.

Shame is a toxic emotion because instead of a bad feeling about our actions (guilt) or our efforts (regret), shame makes us feel bad who we are as persons. Shame comes to the core of our egos, our identities, our self-esteem and our sense of emotional well-being. The damaging nature of shame makes it urgently necessary for those who have a fear of failure to avoid the psychological threats associated with failure by finding unconscious ways to mitigate the consequences of a possible failure, for example by buying unnecessary new clothes for a job interview rather than reading the company - allowing them to use the excuse: "I just didn't have time to prepare completely".

Treatment of fear of failure

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics we treat teenagers and young adults so they can overcome their fear of failure. We help them to live and function in society in a pleasant way again, by slowly breaking down the wall they have built around themselves. This way, the teenagers and young adults learn how to work on a beautiful future. 

Yes We Can Clinics aims to reduce any medication that the the teenager or young adult already receives to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.

Need help with a teenager or young adult suffering from fear of failure?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teens & young adults struggling with fear of failure. Interested to learn more about Yes We Can Youth Clinics and our intake procedure? Please fill in our contact form or call us at +31 (0)85 02 01 222.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. During the treatment there is also 4 days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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