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Performance Anxiety


Some people try to avoid a situation or event where one has to speak in front of a huge crowd. They feel uncomfortable and even have the most frightening experience out of it. Most of the time, they try to completely avoid the challenging situation, rather than facing it. Performance anxiety is often called as stage fright. This state of an extremely intense feeling of anxiety happens before the event is going take place or during a performance. Some of the instances when this stage fright is observed is when individuals are asked to give an in-class presentation or a conference presentation. Performing a piece of music, appearing for a job interview or any such situation where an individual is put on the lime light and everyone’s attention is on them, can trigger this anxiety attack.

At times this unbearable fear is not at all personal. However it also depends upon the background of the performance. That is if there is a huge crowd then it is likely that the presenter is going to have a much elevated attack of anxiety than that of an attack experienced when a small audience is present.

Symptoms of performance anxiety

  • insomnia
  • an inability to concentrate
  • sweating
  • chewing finger nails
  • memory lapses
  • rapid heartbeat or palpitations

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

There are three different ways in which people can experience Performance Anxiety and for each way there is a designated cure or solution. In the first type of performance anxiety one would have a fluttery feeling. It is generally experienced by the majority of the community. One would feel an intense feel of tension and anxiety in the beginning of the presentation but it would fade off as the presentation moves ahead. This type of short-lived anxiety is actually helpful as it generally indicates that the performer is read to give the presentation. Next type of performance anxiety is called as reactive anxiety. Most of the times, it occurs due to lack of preparation, insufficient performance skills or performance experience of the presenter. Here practice is the key to solve the problem. A repeated exposure of public speaking or performance will cure this anxiety. The third kind is where extensive sweating, shaking, quivering of voice and rapid heart beat is observed. In this type of performance anxiety these mixed feelings come and go in regular intervals. It is generally caused due to the performer’s belief that they are constantly judged and negatively evaluated. Accepting the fear will help in coping with it. The focus of the performer should be towards the audience. In this way he can relate to them and minimize the feeling of anxiousness. And one of the very basic but utterly important rules for avoidance of anxiety is to breathe constantly during the performance.

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