Symptoms of the 6 Basic Fears

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fear of poverty

1) Fear of Poverty

Here are the symptoms identified by Napoleon Hill


  • lack of ambition
  • tolerance for poverty
  • mental and physical laziness
  • lack of initiative, imagination, enthusiasm, self-control


  • letting others do the thinking
  • sitting on the fence


  • excuses to cover up, explain or apologize for own failures
  • envy or criticism of the successful


  • finding fault with others
  • spending beyond earnings
  • neglect of personal appearance
  • frowning; nervousness; lack of poise
  • self-consciousness
  • excess use of alcohol or other drugs
    • seeking out negatives
    • knowing all roads to disaster but none to avoid failure
    • pessimism leads to indigestion, bad breath and a bad disposition
    • Over-caution


  • putting off until tomorrow what should have been done last year
  • working on excuses rather than finishing the work
  • refusing to accept responsibility
  • compromising



2) Fear of Criticism

Napoleon Hill found that criticism steals initiative, destroys our power of imagination, limits our individuality and takes away our self-reliance. Yikes! Let’s explore more.

Here are the main symptoms


  • nervousness
  • timidity in conversation and meeting strangers
  • awkward hand and limb movements

Lack of Poise

  • lack of voice control
  • nervousness in the presence of others
  • poor body posture
  • poor memory


  • indecisiveness; side-stepping issues
  • lacking personal charm
  • unable to express opinions definitely
  • agreeing with others without first examining their opinions


  • spending beyond income to keep up with others

Inferiority Complex

  • expressing self-approval by words or actions to hide a feeling of inferiority
  • using big words to impress others
  • imitating others in dress, speech and manners

Lack of Initiative

  • failing to embrace opportunities for advancement
  • reluctant to express opinions
  • lacking confidence in own ideas
  • giving evasive answers to superiors
  • hesitation in manner and speech
  • deceit in words and deeds

Lack of Ambition

  • mental and physical laziness
  • lack of self-assertion
  • slowness in reaching decisions
  • easily influenced by others
  • giving up
  • criticizing the absent and praising the present
  • lacking tact in manner and speech
  • unwilling to accept blame for mistakes



3) Fear of ill Health

Fear of disease can produce physical symptoms of the disease feared.


  • negative self-talk
  • “enjoying” imaginary diseases, treating them as real
  • favouring “quack” treatments over professional help

Hypochondria (imaginary disease)

  • concentrating the mind upon disease
  • negative thinking –> expecting disease to appear


  • lack of physical exercise leads to becoming over-weight


  • body’s resistance breaks down –> easier to contract a disease
  • can lead to too much time preparing for sickness


  • using an imaginary illness to seek sympathy (and get out of work)
  • hides laziness and lack of ambition Intemperance
  • use of alcohol and other drugs to destroy pains, rather than eliminating the causes



4) Fear of Loss of Love

This may be the most painful fear. At least it seems that way if you listen to popular music.


  • suspicion of friends and loved ones without reasonable evidence
  • suspicion of everyone –> no absolute faith in anyone

Fault Finding

  • with friends, relatives, colleagues, and loved ones
  • without any cause


  • thinking love can be bought
  • gambling, stealing, cheating, over-spending
  • leads to insomnia, nervousness, lack of persistence, lack of self-control, lack of self-reliance, bad temper



5) Fear of Old Age

Old age can take away freedom and independence (physical and economic).

Slowing Down

  • feeling the best years are past

Apologizing for Being Old

  • rather than expressing gratitude for being alive

Narrow Thinking

  • no longer taking initiative, using imagination or maintaining self-reliance


  • dressing and acting like much younger people –> ridiculed by friends and strangers


fear of death

6) Fear of Death

This fear can be the cruelest fear for some. Is there life after life? The question of what happens after death can be troubling.

Thinking About Dying

  • instead of making the most of life

Lacking Purpose

  • too much time to worry when not busy

Burden on Loved Ones

  • could leave loved ones in poverty due to death or illness prior to death



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