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Unformatted text preview: ge person, even in this day of enlightenment, shy away from
denying his belief in the fables which were the basis of most of the religions a few
decades ago? The answer is, “because of the fear of criticism.” Men and women
have been burned at the stake for daring to express disbelief in ghosts. It is no
wonder we have inherited a consciousness which makes us fear criticism. The
time was, and not so far in the past, when criticism carried severe punishments-it
still does in some countries.
The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination,
limits his individuality, takes away his self-reliance, and does him damage in a
hundred other ways. Parents often do their children irreparable injury by criticising them. The mother of one of my boyhood chums used to punish him with
a switch almost daily, always completing the job with the statement, “You’ll land
in the penitentiary before you are twenty.” He was sent to a Reformatory at the
age of seventeen. Criticism is the one form of service, of which everyone has too
much. Everyone has a stock of it which is handed out, gratis, whether called for or
not. One’s nearest relatives often are the worst offenders. It should be recognized
as a crime (in reality it is a crime of the worst nature), for any parent to build inferiority complexes in the mind of a child, through unnecessary criticism. Employers who understand human nature, get the best there is in men, not by criticism,
but by constructive suggestion. Parents may accomplish the same results with
their children. Criticism will plant FEAR in the human heart, or resentment, but
it will not build love or affection.
SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF CRITICISM
This fear is almost as universal as the fear of poverty, and its effects are just as
fatal to personal achievement, mainly because this fear destroys initiative, and
discourages the use of imagination. 212 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH The major symptoms of the fear are:
SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS. Generally expressed through nervousness, timidity
in conversation and in meeting strangers, awkward movement of the hands and
limbs, shifting of the eyes.
LACK OF POISE. Expressed through lack of voice control, nervousness in the
presence of others, poor posture of body, poor memory.
PERSONALITY. Lacking in ﬁrmness of decision, personal charm, and ability to
express opinions deﬁnitely. The habit of side-stepping issues instead of meeting
them squarely. Agreeing with others without careful examination of their opinions.
INFERIORITY COMPLEX. The habit of expressing self-approval by word of
mouth and by actions, as a means of covering up a feeling of inferiority. Using
“big words” to impress others, (often without knowing the real meaning of the
words). Imitating others in dress, speech and manners. Boasting of imaginary
achievements. This sometimes gives a surface appearance of a feeling of superiority.
EXTRAVAGANCE. The habit of trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” spending
beyond one’s in...
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
- Spring '12