The fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia
The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread.
Many people experience fear of public speaking and in many polls percentage wise it is a bigger fear than death. Some people may call it stage fright or even panic attacks. Most people who fear to speak in public will get through it but for days leading up to the time where they need to speak in public the worry and anxiety builds.
This can lead to other problems, even down to being short or bad tempered with your partner and children. While most people get through it there are those who can’t.
Some people will simple freeze and when this happens it reinforces the feeling of doom and dread they feel and the knowledge that they can’t speak in public. Others may start to stutter even when they have no stutter and this can create one. It’s easy to see how one problem can create more but you can remove fears and phobias with hypnosis.
For others they will pass up promotions as they would need to talk to staff or even not turn up for an interview because they feel terrified and powerless. While some individuals may scoff at this for the people going through it, it affects their life on a daily basis.
Some of the symptoms you may have if you have a fear of speaking in public are, dry mouth, full bladder, sweating hands, face and other areas. Week legs to the point of your legs giving way. You may experience palpitations right up to a panic attack.
If you think about what causes it, the answer for most cases is some perceived trauma usually when you were young. Speaking in front of people is general not dangerous so It’s a fear of being judged. When you were a child did a teacher make you feel stupid in front of others? Maybe it was a parent or guardian and you perceived their tone or facial expressions as disappointment.
We do live in the real world so many of us have parents and teachers who aren’t nice. That’s just reality and most of us are affected by what has happened in the past.
When you understand how the mind works this is simple to understand. Using hypnosis we find the cause of the fear and desensitise the memory and reframe it so it loses the negative feeling attacked to it. If you would like to find out more please contact us and we are happy to answer your questions.
If it’s not a major problem but you feel somewhat stressed why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis offer.