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Atychiphobia /əˌtɪkˈfbiə/ is the abnormal, unwarranted, and persistent fear of failure, a type of specific phobia.[1] As with many phobias, atychiphobia often leads to a constricted lifestyle,[2] and is particularly devastating for its effects on a person’s willingness to attempt certain activities. The term atychiphobia comes from the Greek phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear" and atyches meaning "unfortunate".[3]


  1. ^ Bauers, Deborah. "An Overview of Atychiphobia." Helium. (Nov. 23, 2010). Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  2. ^ PHOBIA. [serial online]. n.d.; Available from: Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Ipswich, MA. Accessed November 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Colman, Andrew M. A Dictionary of Psychology. (3rd edn, 2009). WP:ISBN 978-0-19-953406-7