A Night to Remember
My heart was pounding rapidly; it felt like a thunderous roar in my ears. The blood was quickly drained from my face. I was slightly nauseous, the only thing that kept me from covering the other girls with the unsatisfying scarlet likes of my mothers tasteless spaghetti, was the loud wailing of my empty stomach. The pounding was louder now, so loud I could barely make out my own thoughts. How could a mere gathering of complete strangers cause these unlikely, unknown feelings to spring up from upon a chest I had buried so long ago? My eyes fluttered to every direction other than at the eager eyes that glared at me from the stands. They taunted me with their unknown thoughts and wicked grins, analyzing and criticizing every single motion. Meanwhile the seconds counted down to the arrival of the refrigerators with legs they call football players. I was suddenly bombarded with flashbacks of my very first day of school. The exact same emotions lingered inside me. At that moment, I was no longer awaiting the first football game in my cheerleading uniform; I was that scared four year old that felt lost and abandoned to a group that was completely foreign. Reality quickly sunk in and my teeth clenched as the faux mask I wore tightened. A smile was insincerely painted upon my face. My head throbbed and girls whooshed by as mere blurs prepping for the first performance. My heart accelerated to a thousand miles per hour, it was thrilling and adrenaline filled. Soon that faux mask started to peel off and my smile turned to one of actual elatedness. Never in my wildest thoughts had I experienced a football game like that. All my senses were heightened and I stood dumbfounded at the field that was now on a pedestal to me. I watched as the athletes gave a hundred and ten percent out there. I no longer feared the crowd, but embraced them. Their eyes turned from mocking to accepting. I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment at the task I had performed. I...
...must face reality.
Do you have problems with public speaking ? If you fear the spotlight, you are not alone.
3 out of 4 people have some form of stage fright, ranging from small worries to physically disabiling symptoms, such as vommiting. This fear is known as Glossophobia.
This goes for everyone, including those who have to give numerous speeches every year. Barack Obama, for example, who speaks in front of millions and millions of people, will admit that deep down he is often afraid when giving speeches. The reason he has become such a great public speaker is because of practice. He has given so many speeches throughout the course of his life, that rarely, does he ever start to second guess or give into his fears.
And today you have a unique opportunity, because we are going to tell you some useful tips how to overcome your stage fright and become a successful public speaker.
The first step in solving a problem, is admitting a problem. So in order to over come your fear of public speaking, you must first identify with it. Here are some common symptoms: dry mouth, sweaty and shaky hands, fast pulse, trembling lips and so on. But there are merely physical symptoms, only you will ever truly know if you suffer from stage fright. So be open, be honest, and listen to the important information we are about to present you with to help conquer you...
... To some, standing before a group of their peers for a few minutes is the easiest task they will ever do in school. For people like me, it is much more than that. Anxiety disorders have plagued my family for generations and as far back as the beginning of psychology. Both my mother and her mother suffer from some form of anxiety, and it was not lost on me. Social anxiety seems to be a continuous, uphill battle and hindrance that affects everything from the people I don’t communicate with, to what I say and even which side of the street I walk on. But, it has not won every battle.
In primary school, most classes are led by instruction of one teacher and include twenty or thirty children of the same or similar ages. Presentations and lessons are taught with minimal student participation in the actual teaching. In junior high, this changes quite a bit. Students participate by asking questions and being evaluated through in-class work, but they also are given the opportunity to work on their own presentations. These can be done in groups or alone. The first time this ever happened to me was in my sixth grade English class. Mrs. Settles was our teacher who introduced herself to be very fond of posters, artwork, and information gathered by her students and would use them frequently as learning tools for the class. Within two weeks of that first day, we were assigned to give a five minute book report in front of the class.
You can imagine my mind swirling at the thought of...
...according to a study published in September 22 in Nature Neuroscience, people may be able to reimagine and reduce the power of fearful memories while they sleep.
The study’s authors were inspired by extensive research showing that sleep is important for consolidating memory and by the successes of exposure therapy, which has been shown to help patients overcome fear by repeatedly exposing them to fear-associated stimuli.
People who think they are skilled nappers signup for the study, in which they were exposed to odors such as lemon, mint, wood, and clove while viewing images of faces and, in some cases, receiving electric shocks. The participants learned to fear the pair of faces and smells associated with shocks.
The participants then took naps, which has been associated with memory consolidation—while the researchers repeatedly exposed them to fear-related smells. At first, when exposed to the fear-associated smells, the electrical conductance of the participants’ skin increased, indicating that the smells were activating fear-related memories. But after repeated exposure, their fear responses diminished. Once awake, the participants were less afraid of the whose corresponding odors they had been exposed to while asleep than those whose corresponding odors they had not smelled during their naps.
When the researchers did the same things with people who were awake, they...
...There is an important event that happens in every person’s life. That important event may be a number of things. Such as someone winning the lottery or even having a tragic loss in the family. My important event in life was the day I conquered my fear of heights. Everyone has some type of fear or phobia that absolutely petrifies them. Whether it’s a fear of snakes, swimming, or even germs, it can be conquered as I discovered.
That day I overcame my fear of heights took place at Six Flags over Texas. The day started out with my five friends and me going to a Student Council convention. After the convention we were granted access to Six Flags for the whole day. Now the only problem for me was Six Flags had roller coasters. Rollercoaster’s are notorious for there g-forces and skyscraper heights. So I was trembling with my fear of heights all the way there.
My friends tried to comfort me on the way there in anyway possible. I said,” You know I’m scared of heights, plus have you never seen Final Destination 3?” Mitch quickly said,” Man that’s just a movie it almost never happens.” I said,” Almost never?” Then Jessa said,” Rollercoaster’s accidents sometimes happen at carnivals but this is a major park.” I said,” Thanks ya‘ll, you all are real confidence boosters.” By the time we were done jabbering, we had arrived at Six Flags.
My anxiety grew as I stepped closer and closer to the entrance. I got...
...Everyone has fears; fears are a natural part of life. My greatest fear is to fail to reach my goals, lose hope, and finally that everybody might think I am a loser. Sometimes I dream of success. Yet failing in life can’t be replaced with dreams. So if I put a lot of effort and work into something and I fail, I’d feel very bad about myself and my lack of ability. This is one of my greatest fears. Being a failure would cause me to lose hope. First of all, I would lose my self-confidence and self-respect. Without self-confidence, I would not likely try to achieve my goals again. Therefore, failing would make me lose the most important thing to all of us, "hope" as hope is what allows a person to reach his/her goals and overcome their fears.
I find it more difficult that I, being a failure, would have to face people that might think I am nothing more than a failure. First of all, I would lose my respect to my family and relatives because not only would I fail in my dreams, I would also fail to achieve the expectations that my family has for me. I would feel so embarrassed if everybody thought of me as a failure. Most of all, being a failure, I would have to face my worst emotion, fear of judgment. I would not want my fears turned into reality. Every time I think of my fears I work harder to avoid becoming a failure.
I try very hard to overcome this...
...SPEECH: OVERRCOMING FEAR IN MAKING ORAL PRESENTATION
Assalamualaikum and good morning ladies and gentlemen. The purpose of my presentation today is to share the basic knowledge of overcomingfear in making oral presentation. To start with I will be explaining the second worst fear after death and that would be public speaking. Then I will mention about some of the problems encounter and how to overcome it and finally I will summarize my presentation as well as concluding some recommendations. Please do feel free to interrupt me if you have any questions and I will try my level best to answer the questions after the presentation.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Fear of public speaking is extremely common and most people like to say that the fear of public speaking is more common than the fear of death. Even if that is not the case, it is still extraordinarily common and a lot of people want to overcome fear of public speaking. Some people who fear public speaking do not need to do any public speaking in their day to day lives so their fear of it does not present a huge issue for them. On the other hand, some people are required to do a fair amount of public speaking as part of their jobs, so if they are afraid of it, they do need to make an effort to overcome fear of public speaking. And the great news is, it does not take much...
...Dictation by Fear
As the Twin Towers fell to the ground, mass chaos spread throughout the United States. Among many other overwhelming feelings, many Americans were left in question and accusations. The motives of the terrorists were unknown and many Americans’ fear overtook a sense of logic. With fear fueling the minds of many Americans, many began to take illogical and unjustified actions. A stereotype developed amongst the Muslim society, which has still shrugged them from American society to this day. 9/11 instilled a fear in Americans that strung a chord in each person that disregarded a sense of logic or morals. Arthur Miller sets a scene of mass chaos and paranoia in the 1600’s in an area much like Salem, Mass.. A fear of witchcraft, that could quite possibly overtake the holy lifestyle in the Puritan society, created a spiraling downfall. In Arthur Millers multithematic play “The Crucible”, fear directs the decisions and course of life.
The deep rooted fear Reverend Parris feels stems from the reputation he must uphold as reverend of the holy community. In desperation, Parris allows his fear to contradict himself as he defends his niece, Abigail. Although Parris knows that Abigail is lying when she says she is not involved in witchcraft, Parris defends her in hopes it will secure his reputation and position in the community. As reverend, it is not...
...Cosmina Ghita – 10/05/10
OVERCOMING MY FEAR
Learning something new can be a hard and scary experience. Since I remember I always wanted to help people. I could not find a proper way to do it until I talked to one of my friends,
who is a nurse. She explained that nursing is not only about helping people to get better it is also a secured necessity that a person can be proud of achieving.
As a result of our conversation I started to examine myself and look to see if I have the required qualities for this profession. In addition to compassion, strong desire and willingness to help those in need, patience, honesty, and good health, one needs strength for such duties as lifting patients to and from the bed. In my mind I thought “this is me.” Therefore my next step was to enroll in a Nursing School.
All is good and well until I realized that I have a phobia, I am afraid of needles! I have been afraid of needles since I remember, so what can I do now? I decided that administrating injections is an important skill that I have to learn in my way to pursue nursing career.
After weeks went by since I started school, my first laboratory day came. I and other classmates joined our teacher into the spacious laboratory. She explained us the sites we can give a shot, the volume of the medication, the depth, and off course the needle size that is needed. She gave us as an example a diabetic person who needs a subcutaneous injection and recommended...