fear of public speaking

This process is designed to replace the negative visions that the speakers have already rehearsed in their minds. People suffering from CA have come to believe that they are not good at giving speeches. They have accepted this position as the truth, instead of potentially a truth. The problem is that people’s supposed evidence for believing negativity about themselves is usually inconsistent with the real reasons for which they believe it. Many claim that they are failures at public oration because of their negative interpretations of the circumstances of previous experiences. However, this is a subjective perceptual effect, and not necessarily the cause. As they continue to believe these things about themselves, they are bound to manifest their own self-expectations of failure (Cunningham et al. 2006).

 

Summary

   

People can fear public speaking so much so that it is debilitating to their lives. This fear is generally referred to as stage fright, speech anxiety, or communication apprehension (CA). Many still debate over whether CA is a state of being, or a trait of birth. There are a number of factors that manifest CA, and all of them have fear as a common theme. This fear can be overcome by the increase of competence. Steps that may be taken to generate this increase are: preparation, practice, positive thinking, and visualization.

 

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