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1. An abnormal and persistent fear (or phobia) of work (manual labor, non-manual labour, etc) or finding employment. Ergophobia may also be a subset of either social phobia or performance anxiety. Sufferers of 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. (

2. An irrational fear of being able to work properly, especially that of a surgeon being able to operate. (

3. Fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating. (

Syn: Ergasiophobia

Word origin: Derived from the Greek “ergon” (work) and “phobos” (fear); also called ergasiophobia

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