What emotional feelings or thoughts do you experience when you must get up in front of an audience? What physical sensations do you experience when you become nervous or scared? Do you find it hard to think when becoming
scared or nervous or experience anxiety in any way.
Stage Fright Communication Apprehension Fear of Public Speaking has been rated as the #1 fear in America . Some say it is more feared than death. If you have this fear you share it with millions and millions of people. Many people suffering from fear of public speaking believe that they are alone in feeling so frightened. The truth is that most people just don't want to talk about their fear of being in front of a group.
We Learn Better When the Experience is Attached to Emotions
But what we learn isn’t always positive!!!!
A person could have a momentary feeling of panic during a speech and the brain thinks
"Aha, here's a dangerous situation. I know because I feel panic. How do I keep myself from getting in this dangerous situation again? I know, I'll attach the feeling of panic to it - that'll stop me."
This is one of the primary ways that humans learn - by attaching emotions to situations.
Linked to feelings of loneliness, isolation, low self esteem.
High communication apprehensive individuals have difficulty in forming and maintaining close relationships and when they are formed will try to ‘hang on to the relationship for dear life’
They interact less with peer strangers, have fewer friends, are less likely to accept blind dates, are more likely to engage in exclusive dating, are more devastated on relationship breakups and have more difficulty in re‑establishing new relationships
Characteristically, compared to low communication apprehensive people, high communication apprehensive are perceived to be less socially attractive and less attractive by members of the opposite sex, less likely to be opinion leaders or leaders in a group and less successful in the social environment.