Fear of Greatness: Jonah Complex

Fear of Death and a Fear of Life (Physiological and Psychological Death)

We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments…We enjoy and even thrill to the godlike possibilities we see in ourselves…And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe, and fear before these very same possibilities.

Generally, everybody starts giggling, blushing, and squirming until I ask. “If not you, then who else?” Which of course is the truth…If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life. You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities.

Abraham Maslow- The Father Reaches of Human Nature

The life of each person alternates between the impulse to individuate driven by the fear of death, and the impulse to conform driven by the fear of life.

Between these two fear possibilities…the individual is thrown back and forth all his life.

Otto Rank- Will Therapy

The concept of greatness entails…being able to be different.

F. Nietzsche- Beyond Good and Evil