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The Jonah Complex is the fear of success which prevents self-actualization, or the realization of one's potential. It is the fear of one's own greatness, the evasion of one's destiny, or the avoidance of exercising one's talents.

This could be loosely be put into two categories.

  1. A deeply rooted, lifelong complex.
  2. This could be transient phase, manifesting due to life's circumstances that is presented, perhaps, as part of a "crisis" and is not usual.

The second one can be explained more easily. Various milestones or events that are known to affect a person's psyche (e.g., the "mid-life crisis", divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of job), could also be factors inducing a fear of success.

It is the first category that is more complex and difficult to adequately explain.

What are the causes of such fear?

Is there a connection with fear of failure?

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