Module 2: Peer Pressure and Fear of Being Ridiculed

We begin by tapping on the karate chop. You can repeat after me, loudly or silently, as we tap along.

Karate chop

Even though I am forever afraid of being shot down in front of my co-workers, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I’m afraid to speak up in meetings for fear of being ridiculed, I want to learn how to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Even though I’m surrounded by smarter co-workers, and it fills me with shame for myself, I want to learn how to love and accept myself just as I am.

Round 1

Eyebrow point I don’t like being put on the spot.

Side of the eye When it comes to technology I’m a goof.

Under the eye I’m good when I’m on my own.

Under the nose The minute they put my skills to test, I go blank.

Chin Especially when someone is standing right behind me, breathing down my neck.

Collarbone I’m afraid to ask questions.

Under the arm They will think of me as stupid.

Top of the head I’m supposed to have all the answers.

Round 2

Eyebrow point What if the answer was right in front of me and I missed it?

Side of the eye They’ll all laugh at me behind my back.

Under the eye I’m supposed to know everything about my work.

Under the nose I’m afraid of being put in charge of anything.

Chin I can’t handle responsibility.

Collarbone All blame will come to me if anything ever goes wrong.

Under the arm My subordinates don’t take me seriously.

Top of the head They must think I’m unfit for the job.

Round 3

Eyebrow point They must gossip behind my back.

Side of the eye I’m afraid to set boundaries with my colleagues.

Under the eye Sometimes they say things that are downright rude or inappropriate.

Under the nose If I make a big deal of it, I’ll be branded as a problem employee.

Chin I fear they will think I’m stepping on their toes.

Collarbone I fear they will think I’m crossing the line.

Under the arm I can’t shake off this feeling that I’m always being watched.

Top of the head That I’m always being judged.

Round 4

Eyebrow point One wrong foot and I could be shown the door.

Side of the eye Or worse, humiliated before my co-workers.

Under the eye It is like being at high school again.

Under the nose I just can’t handle this.

Chin I feel overwhelmed.

Collarbone I’m stuck here.

Under the arm I feel so ordinary.

Top of the head Others look so smug and “okay” with everything.

Round 5

Eyebrow point I’m always so unsure underneath it all.

Side of the eye I’m so afraid of being called out.

Under the eye I should have taken up something easier.

Under the nose I’m not even cut out for this line of work.

Chin I don’t even know what is the right thing to say.

Collarbone I’m afraid to come across as an expert of any sort.

Under the arm Otherwise they will make me accountable.

Top of the head I’m afraid to shoulder responsibility.

Round 6

Eyebrow point Otherwise they will blame me for any losses.

Side of the eye Being where I am takes the pressure off.

Under the eye Never taking the lead, always following orders.

Under the nose But I hate taking orders.

Chin My confident co-workers have started to order me around.

Collarbone They are not even very talented I can tell.

Under the arm They sure carry themselves like they were Einsteins.

Top of the head It’s a dog’s life.

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