AI Assisted Specifications Writing Workshop

The Four Fears

According to research done by psychologist Shirley Winslow, PhD, of the University of Alberta, we ALL have four fears. They are:

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of humiliation or embarrassment
  • Fear of losing power
  • Fear of rejection

Usually one of these fears is the strongest. This is the one that influences your behavior most often, the one that quite likely showed up most often on your questionnaire. Do you have a clearer picture of your own fears? Which one is driving you?

Take a minute or two to go around the room and solicit answers. You may want to ask participants why they think the fear they identified is their greatest fear. What behaviors do they adopt that make them think that way? Do they have suggestions for overcoming that fear? Do others have suggestions for them?