Jonah Complex

Jonah complex is the fear of realizing one’s full potential or achieving success. It is being uncomfortable with opportunities towards self-actualization such as fulfilling one’s destiny, utilizing one’s talents, and grabbing opportunities. This was named after a well-known Biblical character, Jonah, a prophet who attempted to hide from God and run away from his calling or fate. People experience this when they are scared to pursue their goals despite the chances presented to them. Jonah complex may be caused by the fear of responsibility, extraordinary life, of seeming arrogant, or being a prominent figure. This term is most often credited to Abraham Maslow though it was originally conceptualized by his friend, Frank Manuel.

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