We can develop strategies and execute tactics all we like. Sooner or later we are going to have to tackle people – probably the most challenging aspect of any recovery programme for those with high fear of failure.

“Fully 85 per cent of your success in life is going to be determined by your social skills,” says Brian Tracy in Maximum Achievement (1993), “by your ability to interact positively and effectively with others and to get them to cooperate with you in helping you to achieve your goals.”

Certainly, this is by far the most difficult chapter for me to write. Over the years my High-FF behaviour has destroyed more business and office relationships, more friendships and more romantic involvements than I dare to remember. I have ...

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