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Ergophobia - Ergasiophobia - A Quick Fix To Call Yourself Boss And Smile Away Your Fear Of Work

Updated on February 26, 2016

Work Phobia - Call Yourself Boss And Smile

You might be surprised to know that all of the words we say, read, write and hear are in fact in one way or another, commands. They are all very much active in our minds and trigger our thoughts and behavior. Here I would like to bring light to the subject of psychology by explaining how we can in fact, for ourselves, locate and utilize certain words which hold the most power and strength in controlling who we are, what we do and whether or not we feel like working.

  • You might want to pay close attention for this one ;)

Why are people afraid to work?

The word 'work' often acts as a command verb and many people are afraid of being told to work. Feeling pressure to get work done is like being hard on yourself about it or even worrying that someone else is being hard on you. Regardless of where the request comes from, it just doesn't seem as encouraging as we wanted it to be. Further down is a list of useful command verbs for you.

I ask myself this - why does a simple command to do something make me afraid? It could be that my sense of independence is being smothered by somebody else or it could be that I don't know where to look in order to get the ball rolling.

To solve this problem we shall look at as many command verbs at the same time as we can. Remember, they all revolve around the one command verb we want to appraise with just as much glory as the rest of them - "work". By deliberately sticking this word to every other command we have to do something (that we can think of) we create for ourselves a command center. The individual person is liberated by this and the sky really is the limit. I will explain how this is works.

Essentially I'd rather be trained like a dog by myself than somebody else. The truth bites.

If one particular command verb was causing problems, the potential for other command verbs to work would be affected. It affects how co-operative we are. For example - an individual might have a complex about 'pushing' after having suffered trauma over the word 'pushing' during childhood. Negativity that surrounds any particular word or phrase is the source of nearly all problems known to mankind. The command to push would then be very likely to cause maladaptive behavior such as distraction or disinterest. Pushing could very easily be a single repetitive task required within a job. The individual now suffers while trying to work. The same idea or process applies to any other command verb as well.

Shall I ignite this rocket for you then?

We are now connecting the word 'work' to other command verbs. We are successfully merging them all together as it should be. They are being put into the same pot, under the same title, into the same place in our minds. They should all be instantaneously accessible (with the words fluency and flexibility giving rise to the idea that we should be able to carry out a task or job with ease and without fear.

Here's where it gets interesting -

Work phobia, I have discovered is closely intertwined with the idea that an individual is being over-pressurized by someone or something (other than themselves) to carry out a task. This conflicts with ones own initiative which itself is the basis of one persons logic (with the persons logic being their very own drive and motivation to continue and proceed). Initiative by definition is precisely the act of thinking itself.

Defiance is a big word in this game let me tell you. If I refuse point blank to do something I am defying myself, someone else or both.

This beauty part is it doesn't matter who I am defying when refusing to do my work. What matters is the work itself and whether or not I do it.

I could politely ask or tell myself to carry out a task with the up-most kindness and respond with complete obedience and respect after having enjoyed comfort over the idea.

It is important to feel comfortable with command verbs. This comfort is the basis of our success in taking orders because doing a task is the exact same thing as taking an order to do one, whether that order comes from yourself or someone else.

If you have a problem with trying to take orders from someone else, you'll be happy to know this technique also helps over-ride any commands someone else might have given you, helping you take those same orders from yourself also or instead.

A word for a particular work related task is just another word for work.

Like in a mind map, command verbs are at the center (control) of the mind map and are directly connected (by strings for example) to all surrounding contexts, mental behaviors, linguistic actions and physical actions.

A sense of initiative promotes a feeling of motivation.

If we give ourselves an order to carry out a task, we are working on our own initiative. Command verbs themselves are at the core of the orders we give ourselves. They are connected directly to the acts of carrying out tasks, with an 'act' meaning action (when the individual does something). It is, therefore advisable to any individual to routinely read to themselves a list of command verbs, which effectively are heard in their own voice and not someone else's. This means telling yourself what to do without any worry that such a command may have came from somewhere else.

Here is a good list of command verbs you might like:

You may like to add to this list yourself to suit your own preferences and the best part is you have probably already done all of these!

Try picture yourself doing each of these following commands as you read down the list. It is important to connect the idea of actually doing something to the command itself.

Linking the present moment command verb to your own memory of having just fulfilled such a command (past tense) is albeit, the best way you could bring your own business or work back to life.

For example: work - worked, adapt - adapted, analyse - analysed, apply - applied, assess - assessed, calculate - calculated, complete - completed and so on...

This brings together your sense of achievement and packs it together with your sense of doing something and the things you do (or did) in order to do that thing!

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    • sparkleyfinger profile image

      Lynsey Harte 11 months ago from Glasgow

      "Why are people afraid to work?" Because they are lazy.

      "What is ergophobia?" A name or label to give the fact that they are lazy, other than lazyness.

      There is a difference between a phobia and a dislike for something. I believe in your hub you are talking about the dislike of doing something, and in this case, working. Most of the world dislikes working, but it is a fact of life and if you want to do things like go on holidays or have a house (without other people paying for that privilege) then you have to work.

      I think a lot of people with this particular "phobia" would be quickly cured if they didn't have enablers who maintained their lifestyles.