Why people are AFRAID to make mistakes:
(1)Mistakes are viewed as a regression to an earlier state. Mistakes does put one behind & h/she oftentimes have to begin again. If one make mistakes, h/she oftentimes have to correct those mistakes. This translates into if the mistakes weren't made, h/she would be further on a particular path than h/she is now.
(2)Mistakes denote failure & inadequacy & no one wants to be nor feel like a failure & inadequate. Failure & inadequacy further mean that one has fallen from grace. H/she is deemed worthless, even insignificant. One furthermore feel that there is a loss of prestige & respect from others, even being thought as lesser.
(3)In some cases, mistakes mean ruination, even destruction of goals. Oftentimes mistakes can impede promising outcomes. Mistakes can ruin good chances forever, making one settle for only the most mediocre, even the slightly negative. Mistakes result in never reaching the heights but instead having to settle & begrudgingly liking it.
(4)Mistakes mean living a half-life instead of the lifestyle one desires. Mistakes determine if one lives a limited or unlimited lifestyle. Mistakes can drastically reduce lifestyle options. Mistakes reduce present & future choices. Oftentimes, past mistakes close all future opportunities. Mistakes are viewed as a severe transgression which oftentimes result in a very unpromising, bleak, & dismal future.
(5)Mistakes are viewed as a taint or a blemish. Mistakes can follow one for the rest of one's life, even affecting future chances, choices, & opportunities. Mistakes is oftentimes the proverbial nail in the coffin so to speak. Mistakes can or may result in having a negative reputation which can be damaging. In essence, mistakes can be a permanent blight on one's record or standing.
(6) Mistakes mean that one is subpar, even stupid. It is believed that capable & proficient people don't make mistakes. Therefore, to make mistakes denote varying degrees of incapability & ineptitude. If that weren't the case, why make mistakes. It is even seen as the lack of intelligence in varying degrees to make mistakes e.g. our school grading system is based upon this very same premise.