Disapproval: The Fear of Rejection. Teenagers, like adults, sacrifice their values and priorities, yielding to peer pressure in their search for acceptance. The Bible calls it “fear of man” – our need for approval leads to its opposite: the fear of disapproval. The disciple Peter also got caught in the snare of fearing man’s disapproval when he denied knowing Jesus three different times. Peter’s situation demonstrates how complex the fear of disapproval can be and how God can step into our lives and replace the fear we have of man’s rejection with His love and acceptance.