Introduction: What is Self-Handicapping and How does it Impact You?
A self-handicap is a strategy used by people to protect themselves from failure or embarrassment. It has been found that people who engage in self-handicapping are more confident with their performance – as they believe they have put in more effort and prepared better.
In the workplace, self-handicapping is pervasive as it helps you to avoid blame for a failure or bad performance. It can also be used as a way of leveling the playing field as it decreases your risk of being accused of sexism or racism.
The Problem with Self-Handicapping
Self-handicapping is the act of making excuses in advance in order to protect oneself from failure.
A study by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck found that people who hold a fixed mindset (a belief that intelligence and talent are unchangeable) were more likely to self-handicap than those with a growth mindset (a belief that intelligence and talent can be developed through hard work).
Why do people self-handicap?
Some people use self-handicapping as a way to protect themselves from the consequences of failure, while others see it as an opportunity for redemption when they do fail.
Specifically, people use self-handicapping when they have a fear of failure, not enough confidence in their abilities, or an aversion to responsibility.
How to Start Overcoming Your Relying on Self-Handicapping Habits
Psychological research has found a number of reasons why people rely on self-handicapping behaviors to avoid success.
It is not the same as procrastinating because self-handicapping has a purpose. It can be viewed as a defense mechanism, protecting one’s fragile ego from failure. Self-handicapping also provides an excuse for not achieving goals and thus protects one’s self-esteem.
Self-handicapping is related to perfectionism, which leads people to set high standards for themselves and project this expectation onto others. When they feel like they are unable to meet their own expectations or those that others have of them, people resort to self-handicapping behavior in order to protect themselves from disappointment and embarrassment.
How to Eliminate Self-Handicapping Behavior’s in the Workplace
Self-handicapping behavior is a psychological phenomenon in which people undermine themselves before a task by expecting to fail, or by creating excuses for not trying.
Employers should see if they have this behavior in the workplace and then take steps to help them overcome it. For example, employers should create a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable admitting when they’ve made a mistake.
Self-handicapping behavior is not always easy to detect and employers may not be aware of what they are doing. There are ways for employers to check if their employees are self-handicapping and then implement solutions.
The Negative Impact of Finding Out You’re A Victim of Self Handicapping Behavior
We self-handicap if we believe that we will fail and we want to avoid judgment from others.
Self-handicapping is a form of coping with stress and pressure by trying to minimize the risk of failure and criticism. It’s a way of protecting our ego or maintaining our self-esteem.
It can be harmful for us in the long term because it can lead to self-sabotaging behavior such as procrastination, playing it safe, and not reaching our full potential.
Conclusion on Self handicapping:
There has been a lot of talk about the new trend in self-handicapping. A great deal of people are talking about how this is a terrible and sad new trend and that they need to find new ways to motivate and encourage their children and students.