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Shame of Fame: How Anxiety Can Hinder Success in Meetings

Updated: Jan 30, 2023


In today's fast-paced and highly competitive world, many of us find ourselves in meetings, whether they be with colleagues, clients, or potential business partners. For some, these meetings can be a source of stress and anxiety. For those who struggle with anxiety, the pressure to perform and make a good impression can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this pressure can lead to a common phenomenon known as the "shame of fame."

When people with anxiety speak up in a meeting, they may ruminate about what they said for hours or even days afterwards. They may be ashamed of their words or actions, or they may worry about how others perceive them. This rumination can cause a great deal of distress and can even lead to feelings of shame or embarrassment.

The shame of fame is a common experience among those who struggle with anxiety. It is the feeling of being exposed and judged, of fearing that others may think less of us because of something we said or did. This fear can be so powerful that it can prevent us from speaking up in meetings, or from participating fully in conversations.

It is important to understand that the shame of fame is not a reflection of our own worth or abilities. It is a symptom of anxiety and a sign that we are not able to be present in the moment. It is important to remember that everyone makes mistakes and has moments of insecurity, and that it is not only normal but also a learning opportunity.


To overcome the shame of fame, it is important to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness is the practice of being present and non-judgmental in the moment. It is about observing and acknowledging our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. Self-compassion is the practice of treating ourselves with the same kindness and understanding that we would offer to a good friend.

It is also important to seek help from a therapist or counselor who can help us to understand and manage our anxiety. They can provide us with the tools and strategies we need to overcome the shame of fame and to participate fully in meetings.

In conclusion, the shame of fame is a common experience for those who struggle with anxiety. It is important to understand that this is not a reflection of our own worth or abilities, but rather a symptom of anxiety. By practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, and seeking help from a therapist or counselor, we can overcome the shame of fame and participate fully in meetings.


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