Atychiphobia is the irrational fear of failure. People with Atychiphobia tend to avoid situations where failure might occur, the fear is not merely about the act of failing but it is the profound emotional and cognitive response. From a psychodynamic perspective, the roots of fear of failure may be linked to early experiences and beliefs about capabilities. According to the observational learning theory, people acquire this fear by observing how others react to the failure.
Atychiphobia can be considered pathological when there is the presence of significant impairment in daily functioning due to the constant fear of failure. Deenz Atychiphobia scale is designed to measure the severity and impact of fear of failure on an individual's overall well-being. It aims to identify indications of potential pathological traits associated with atychiphobia.
The purpose of the scale is to provide insight into tendencies and attitudes related to fear of failure. Atychiphobia can manifest in various ways and may be influenced by a combination of psychological and social factors. (Flett, Hewitt, & Dyck, 1989) , the influence of social expectations and attitudes toward success and failure can lead to someone’s beliefs and behaviors related to achievement. From the cognitive perspective maladaptive thought patterns, perfectionism, and cognitive distortion play a key role in shaping the beliefs and perceptions about the failure.