How to overcome the fear of being judged?

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like everyone is judging your every move?
Do you have an irrational fear of being judged by those around you, even though they may not be thinking about it at all? 

If so, then you are experiencing the phenomenon known as fear of being judged. This is something that affects many people on a daily basis and can prevent them from living life to its fullest potential.

Fear of being judged is almost like a sixth sense – the knowledge that somebody is judging you. We all have felt it at some point in our lives, and for many of us, it can be downright terrifying! 


You might ask, what are the signs that you have this fear?

When we worry about what people will say, think, or how they’ll judge us, our body responds with physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, shaking hands, and trembling voices. 

We might also find ourselves avoiding certain activities that involve other people because we’re scared of their judgment. 

This could include anything from job interviews to social events. We may even become isolated in an effort to avoid confrontation and criticism. Even if we have accomplished something amazing or achieved success, the invisible chains around us prevent us from celebrating freely due to our worries about others’ opinions of our actions. 


How can someone break free from this fear? 

It turns out that understanding how our minds work can help us prevent the fear of being judged before it even starts.

When someone feels accepted by their peers, they’re more likely to open up and engage without worrying about criticism or rejection.

On the other hand, when individuals don’t feel accepted or respected by their peers, they tend to become self-conscious and anxious around them—the exact opposite of feeling secure enough to take risks and connect with others as equals.


The key then is creating an environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated for who they are. 

This means avoiding situations where one person is put on display while others watch silently or pass judgment—such as public speaking events, job interviews, or performance evaluations—and instead opting for activities that promote equality among all participants. 

Examples include group discussion forums, team-building exercises, and collaborative problem-solving tasks—all great ways to foster mutual respect between different members of a team.


In order for these strategies to be successful though, it’s paramount that everyone involved understands the importance of openness and acceptance towards each other—that no matter how different we may seem on the surface our core values remain connected through shared experiences and emotions. 

Only then will we truly be able to create meaningful connections with those around us rather than simply existing side by side in isolation from one another?


Till then,

Stay Awesome. Stay Productive.


– Divas Gupta

By divasgupta   |   March 21, 2023

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