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ERIC Number: ED412052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Facing Women's Fear of Failure: An AWEsome Experience.
Dal Vera, Anne
Drawing from research on fear of failure and anecdotes from personal experience with the first women's expedition to ski to the South Pole, this discussion centers on how fear of failure affects women. Fear of failure leads to procrastination and performance well below one's ability. Women generally express more fear of failure than do men, partly because they fear the expected interpersonal consequences rather than the specific failure of performance. Individuals who exhibit strong fear of failure tend to be cooperative rather than competitive and socially rather than personally oriented; therefore, it is important to recognize relationship goals as well as physical goals. When women fail, they try to hide their failures; they should support each other and ask what was learned from the experience. A focus on learning goals rather than performance goals is a key to overcoming learned helplessness, an extreme fear of failure that keeps women from actualizing their potential. If girls fear failure early in life, they take fewer risks and do not gain the decision-making experience that develops judgment skills for making important decisions later in life. Experiential educators must encourage and support girls in risk taking, helping them to learn from mistakes and to separate physical risk from social risk. Five ways of doing this are presented,and nine mastery behaviors are listed that empower one to deal with failure and may actually increase self-esteem following failure. Contains 11 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Antarctica