APPROPRIATE GOAL SETTING FOR RECOVERING HIGH-FFS
But have we got the right goals? This remains a core concern for those with a high fear of failure. While keen to avoid near-peg under-achieving, High-FFs have a flawed capacity to differentiate genuine long-term objectives (which we may still be formulating) from inappropriate fear of failure “reach for the stars” long-peg dreams that may be an elaborate form of avoidance. And this can lead to serious errors.
In his book Destructive Goal Pursuit (2006), behaviourist D. Christopher Kayes examines inappropriate goal setting by recounting the story of the 1996 Mount Everest expedition that ended with eight people dead and with others requiring amputations. Kayes’s claim is that the expedition was ...