I firmly believe that this fear of rejection is the number one reason for most of my internal repressed anger and even the conscious felt emotion. It's probably the worst feeling I could imagine. You go on a date with a pretty girl thinking things went well and get your hopes up, only to never hear back again. It's a deflating shot at your confidence and ego to think that someone saw what you had to offer and decided that you just weren't good enough. I think fear of rejection has most definitely held me back in life, for whatever reason, maybe a childhood reason I can't remember. Although I have gotten better, I have always been hesitant to approach girls out of fear. I also have an intense fear of failure. If I fail at a job at work, then I beat myself up a lot and think of myself poorly. If I'm not 100 percent sure of how to do something then I'm hesitant, because I don't want to fail. I think this has held me back, because it has prevented me from learning new things. I think this can also be tied to rejection too, because if I fail then I think my co-workers will "reject" me by thinking I'm not good at my job. I've even not performed sexually before, all because I was not confident or simply feared that I would not perform. My question is how can I overcome this intense fear of rejection and failure? Every time I experience it, it feels terrible. And the fear of it happening again prevents me from growing and learning from my mistakes.