Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Now I am beginning to understand

Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia – Fear of responsibility 

Hypengyophobia is an overwhelming, irrational fear of assuming responsibility. This person is usually self-indulgent, neglecting all responsibilities, at the expense of others. Some individuals coping with this phobia simply refuse to accept responsibility for anything and blame others when their failure to take responsibility leads to mistakes.

This phrase derives from the Greek hypengyos, meaning responsible and phobos meaning fear. 

What Causes Hypengyophobia? 

An individual suffering from hypengyophobia may have taken responsibility previously and failed. In that failure there may have been severely unfavorable consequences. This person may experience anxiety and emotional turmoil that is very disruptive to their ability to function at any professional level. 

What Are the Symptoms of Hypengyophobia? 

The signs of Hypengyophobia vary greatly from person to person. Some people, when confronted with responsibility, may begin to perspire, feel increasingly uncomfortable and may actually develop into nausea. Other individuals may be so severely compromised by this phobia, that they might experience crippling nervousness and/or panic attacks. 

Your command is in a serious jam if your Commanding Officer or Executive Officer are suffering from this malady.


nermun said...

My two cents here... A Command is in a serious jam if ANY leadership suffers from a lack of responsibility.

nermun said...

my two cents... A Command is in serious trouble if ANY leadership suffers from a lack of responsibility.

Anonymous said...

@ nermun (anon),

@ the lower levels of leadership, it's not so bad.

Navy Grade 36 Bureaucrat said...

Even at lower levels this is bad. How can the CO and XO push down responsibility and enable sailors if mid-level leadership doesn't take responsibility? How can we get to where the CO and XO set priorities, and allow their sailors to execute them and learn in the process?

Not wanting to take responsibility needs to be stamped out, otherwise it risks becoming a major problem for any command.