Is there a term for the situation when we falter about making a suggestion or flinch from giving an answer or hesitating to take an action fearing ridicule of others or their rejection?

Is there a sort of a phobia for it, maybe?


This is a symptom of Kakarrhaphiophobia, the fear of being rejected.

This is a fantastic word...........perfect for a spelling bee!

| improve this answer | |

Atychiphobia aka Kakarrhaphiophobia

A person afflicted with atychiphobia considers the possibility of failure so intense that they choose not to take the risk. Often this person will subconsciously undermine their own efforts so that they no longer have to continue to try.[4] Because effort is proportionate to the achievement of personal goals and fulfillment, this unwillingness to try that arises from the perceived inequality between the possibilities of success and failure holds the atychiphobic back from a life of meaning and the realization of potential.

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    this is by far the best definition I got. it clears things up. thanks. – vickyace Apr 23 '14 at 15:07
  • May I please get you to inline-mention that this is a Wikipedia citation? There is a new meta question about attributions you may also wish to look at. thanks. – tchrist Jul 7 '14 at 22:59
  • @tchrist I'm not sure I understand the first part. Also, can you pl direct me to the 'meta question' mentioned? – Kris Jul 8 '14 at 6:48

I can also add:

Gelotophobia: Fear of being ridiculed/laughed at.

| improve this answer | |
  • that will help. thumbs up. – vickyace Apr 23 '14 at 15:09
  • Relevant, though gelotophobia is too literally the fear of being laughed it. – Kris Apr 24 '14 at 6:34

Do you mean "insecure?"

insecure: subject to fears, etc., not self-confident or assured.

| improve this answer | |
  • I think you described the feeling well, but what about the fear of it. I am feeling insecure but what what is making me so? – vickyace Apr 23 '14 at 13:28
  • @vickyace: Presumably, a lack of self-confidence. – Mordred Apr 23 '14 at 19:11
  • No attribution on this one at all. Please fix. – tchrist Jul 7 '14 at 22:59

How about:

  • shy: being reserved or having or showing nervousness or timidity in the company of other people.
  • hesitant: tentative, unsure, or slow in acting or speaking.
  • apprehensive: anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen.
| improve this answer | |

Costive: 2. slow in action or in expressing ideas, opinions, etc.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.