Rick Reynolds, LCSW
by Rick Reynolds, LCSW
Founder & President, Affair Recovery

Fear of Being a Disappointment

For years I worked hard at not being a disappointment. I wanted to avoid disappointing my parents, my teachers, my friends, my employer, my mate, my children and myself. Have you ever done the same? Maybe it's just me, but I think there is certainly a significant portion of our society that shares my fear of being a disappointment. Those of us who "fear being a disappointment" (FBAD) work diligently to gain the approval of others. We try hard to please, because we are afraid to find out what …
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What are some practical

What are some practical things I can do to overcome my FBAD?

It is so ingrained in me that I say things that are not true to me, I filter and censor words in my mind before saying them and I apologize when I don't mean it. In the mix are my fear of conflict, fear of confrontation, fear of commitment, fear of abandonment which really makes things very difficult for me to change.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

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