The culture of fear is the theory that fear is something that someone can make benefit of by instilling it in someone/the general public in order to achieve political or workplace objectives. Fear can be an intense and irrational emotion that can particularly be taken advantage of for such purposes.

More specifically, there is a turning of ethnic, national, cultural, social or political groups against one another. A fear is instilled by initially telling or convincing a group that the group is under threat and maybe attacked or invaded by another group. The unknown factor can also add up to the fear of the unknown and it may cause individuals to choose a wrong and senseless choice over a sensible one that might involve even the slightest ambiguity.

Moreover, there can be dread risks where there can be a very high degree of fear being involved in a situation such as terrorism. There is this risk of failure where any situation is basically perceived as a failure and change where any proposed future is feared to be worse than the current time.

Other minor fears may involve the fear of missing out on something that people desire dearly such as wealth or crucial information. The fear of youth is more of a theory that states that there is this fear in the older generation that the younger generation will soon be taking over things in their hands and running matters that impact the older generation negatively.

Culture of fear in workplace

People, who play dangerous politics or employ tyrannical way in their area of management in a workplace, can instill an environment of fear and doubt in that workplace. Take the example of bullies here.

If employees realize that bullies are being tolerated, a climate of fear develops as a result in which they might even consider leaving the workplace. Hence, it is important to exercise the ways to avoid the fear in the first place for everyone to work effectively in the organization.