The e-pioneer fights catagelophobia.
Catagelophobia is the fear of being ridiculed.
It is unlike most other phobias where the person experiencing it fears physical harm, such as being bitten by a spider.
Most sufferers of catagelophobia are surprised to learn that they are by no means isolated cases. It is a rather common fear, but people undergoing it will generally not talk about it out of fear of further ridicule.
Catagelophobia is debilitating, preventing one from enjoying many activities with others. “They’ll laugh at me if I make a mistake,” is the ever-present dread. This phobia stops many teachers from using technology – they fear being ridiculed by colleagues and learners if they make mistakes.
The e-pioneer fights catagelophobia, since it hampers the progress of teachers towards the adoption of e-learning. Anyone embarking on the e-learning road will make mistakes and can’t afford to be plagued by a fear of being ridiculed.
The best way you can help those facing this fear is by showing them that you make mistakes too. Tell them about your own blunders. Make some mistakes while training them, and let them know that this happens all the time. Show them that you have learned to take yourself not too seriously. Demonstrate to them that when you make a mistake in technology you are unlikely to be ridiculed – learners and colleagues will be so eager to assist if you get stuck that they will not even think about ridicule.
The e-pioneer must be aware of the possibility of this fear. The fight against it is subtle – in most cases your example will speak louder than words.
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