Social Factors: The Fear Of Success In Minorities

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Fear of Success in Minorities
Success is defined as the accomplishment of aim or purpose. Minorities often have a hard time having a support system around them that allows them to be successful. Whether its family issues, social factors, or even racial boundaries that effect this; The fear of success is what feeds off of these factors. In this paper I want to look at why people fear success, what causes this, and how does one overcome this fear. Looking at all minorities from race, and gender some of the same fears and social factors overlap.
Women
Success is defined as the accomplishment of aim or purpose. Minorities often have a hard time having a support system around them that allows them to be successful. Whether its family issues, social
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This Fear of success comes from not being able to allow yourself to function at the fullest capacity. Krueger states, “A fear of criticism is failing results is built-in protection with the implicit assumption, ’If I had really given it my all, I would have succeeded.’ The fear of making a mistake may create an inhibition or restraint, based on the expectation of criticism for any performance less than perfect” (Krueger 124). Kruger explains that women expect some type of criticism from the things that they do. They also fear this criticism if they didn’t give their all to what they have done and build in internal defenses against …show more content…
In ‘Fear Factor’ Jamila Jeffries talks about some of these fears. Fearing being to successful that your close circle with dislike you are known as "If I let myself shine, people will hate me" according to Jeffries. This Fear stems from social factors that is perceived that someone in a higher up position is better than someone in a lower position. Jeffries states “Being too successful meant your friends might start talking about you behind your back--or stop speaking to you altogether.” She talks about growing up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. She feared that when she got her new promotion, her friends would stop talking to her or talk about her. Even though some men might also feel this way, this type of Fear of success is mostly found in women states Psychologist Neal-Barnett. Women also associate this fear with men, wondering if men will feel intimidated by their social status or

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