Ergophobia Fear of work

Fear of work, also called ergophobia , is particularly common.

This results in a fear, especially first thing in the morning, of going to work or work.

It often reflects difficulties at work, but also a lack of professional fulfillment or a bad environment.

We can all be worried about the fear of working at some point in our life.


The fear of work affects people who work as the job seekers. In all cases, it is a psychological disorder that belongs to phobias, and manifests itself in symptoms of anxiety to work, find a job or in the workplace.

The origins of problems are multiple and depend on personal history: feeling of not being up to the task and lack of self-confidence; bad past experiences and failures; hierarchical pressure; heavy workloads and overwork; fear of being fired or not succeeding in professional activity, etc.

In all cases, the ergophobe feels blocked, either to continue his professional activity or to start it.

This affects everyone, whether they are young graduates, people with more experience or people who have been unemployed for a long time.

We’ve all had tired days where we don’t even feel like going to work.

Or days when work is heavy and we want to leave, but there are those who are afraid of work, in the case of Ergophobia , which is an absurd, deep and persistent fear of work ( a phobia ). Can you imagine wanting to run away fearing office paperwork ? ¿ Or not even want to get out of bed ? That is, a sick and persistent fear of the concept of what work represents or the very fact of working.

Those who suffer from Ergophobia experience excessive anxiety about the work environment even when they know that their fear is irrational.


The Ergofobia is the deep fear and unjustified to work. These people are often afraid of thinking that they could be rejected by showing poor performance, not carrying out an adequate performance in their work.

This phobia of work would be like a complexity since it entails many mental problems.

The Ergofobia can be a profoundly debilitating phobia.

The Ergofobia can manifest itself in many ways: I fear job interviews, I fear the first day of work, afraid to go to work, afraid to fail in the tasks assigned, fear of speaking before a group or even afraid to socialize with coworkers .


Many people may suffer abhorrence for going to work, but those who suffer from Ergophobia is something more serious; just imagining that they have to go to work can cause an absolute panic attack.

Symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Clinical symptoms : dizziness, nausea, sweating and a feeling of being out of breath. A phobic may perceive a feeling of “fog” or detachment from reality. A feeling that limits them to express themselves clearly.
  • Attention and concentration problems : they are not able to concentrate on what another person says, rather it makes a journey through their mind in their catastrophic thoughts.
  • Insecurity : They wonder if the quality of their work will be okay and feel insecure about showing it.
  • Memory problems : they do not remember the activity they were doing.
  • Excessive feelings of guilt : They blame themselves, even when they did nothing.


When we talk about Ergophobia and the people who suffer from it, we can say that they are divided into two: people who have a permanent job, and those who do not.

There are many causes of this phobia, here are a few:

  • The fear of rejection : people with fear of immediate rejection by not liking the rest of their co-workers and not by being judged in a negative way in general. When they feel that they are not good enough to achieve the objective they set, the symptoms of anxiety begin, ending up developing aversion to work. This fear of rejection also, for ergophobes , is due to the fact that previously they were also abruptly fired.
  • Having lived through a negative or traumatic episode : experiencing a bad episode at work can cause us to be immediately rejected . A bad play with your colleagues or teasing by making the anxiety of remorse, fear of being a failure in the face of established activities or simply fear of speaking publicly.
  • Depressive disorders : depressed people are more likely to acquire a deep fear when looking for a job.
  • Schizophrenia : This is a mental disorder that can lead to fear or fear of social situations.


When a person suffers from Ergophobia, they are able to self-diagnose, but they should still share their fear of work with a professional psychologist or psychiatrist .

There are various effective treatments to end the condition.

Affected people can take anti-anxiety medications, and also benefit from different types of therapy, such as the following:

  • Talk therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Desensitization therapy

In some cities they also offer group therapies.

Over time people suffering from Ergophobia can fully recover and improve their working conditions with less terror and much more confidence.

It is important to treat Ergophobia to soften it, for this a diagnosis would not hurt.


Establishing guidelines correctly will not eliminate the phobia but it will help to avoid causing the symptoms of anguish and discomfort of it. Before any phobia we must act with treatments and consultations avoiding self-medicate with drugs .

The Ergofobia like any other therapies should be treated with immediate not have to limit our lives.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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