Our expert says:
Sounds rather like a variety of social anxiety disorder, where the anxiety, though related to low self-esteem, relates mainly to being observed or scrutinized by others, and asuming that your work won't be good enough ( and of course, you wouldn't be given such important work unless your work was reliably good and they knew you could do it well ).
And the second problem, when you think about it, is really very similar --- based on low self-esteem and expectation of failure.
CBT and possibly also some medication, could probably help this a great deal --- both ways it is showing itself.
And what lovely, kindly and helpful responses from everyone else ! Thanks, folks !
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