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Ergophobia or ergasiophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of work (manual labor, non-manual labour, etc.) or finding employment. Ergophobia may also be a subset of either social phobia or performance anxiety. People with ergophobia experience undue anxiety about the workplace environment even though they realize their fear is irrational. Their fear may actually be a combination of fears, such as fear of failing at assigned tasks, speaking before groups at work (both of which are types of performance anxiety), socializing with co-workers (a type of social phobia), and other fears of emotional, psychological and/or physiological injuries.[1]

The term ergophobia comes from the Greek "ergon" (work) and "phobos" (fear).[2]

There may be a connection between executive dysfunction and work-related anxiety because there is a known connection between dysfunction and general anxiety disorder. It is unclear which one causes the other.[3]

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  1. ^ Belcastro, Philip A., and Hays, Leon C. "Ergophilia ... ergophobia ... ergo ... burnout?" Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 15(2), April 1984, 260–270. doi: doi:10.1037/0735-7028.15.2.260
  2. ^ "Ergo" is also used to form other English words, including "ergometer" (a device that measures the amount of work done by muscles) and "ergonomics" (an applied science that designs interfaces and working environments with the aim of maximizing functionality and improving worker comfort).
  3. ^ Eysenck, M. W., Derakshan, N., Santos, R., & Calvo, M. G. (2007). "Anxiety and cognitive performance: attentional control theory". Emotion, 7(2), 336.