Stage Fright -Auditions -Music -Performance -Screen Test -Acting


( Public Speaking -Speechmaking -Wedding Nerves )


Imaginative people can construct ingeniously disproportionate fears from intrinsically harmless situations. Although auditions for acting parts or musical performance are often occasions with a lot riding on the outcome, there is often entirely unnecessary concern about possible but unlikely disasters.


Arts performance nerves, as in stage fright results generally from  thinking rather about the audience, the fear of forgetting and images of failure , than connecting with the right elements of competent performance.  It is amusing to note how seldom  sufferers worry about the vulnerability of fellow performers on whom  their own success may be entirely dependent !


Equally, though some wedding nerves are to be expected - as is some apprehension around the speechmaking demands made by this or similar occasions, the very way we prepare can train us to be overly self-conscious.


Thus, instead of being freely expressive and entering easily into the occasion, one becomes over-agitated and self-monitoring. Pre-occupations with the way we sound or how we act or how others see us - and trying too hard to get this right - only undermines our performance.   Driving test nerves  are a particularly clear example of a similar process in a different context.


All sorts of signs and symptoms - like blushing, stuttering or sweating and awkward uncoordinated behaviour may then break out and become a focus of our attention. The attack of performance nerves and fear of forgetting or doing things wrong now have all the allies needed to defeat us.


Often such a process can be so overwhelming that a performer may break down with stage fright and be unable either to go on or to continue with a performance.


Exam situations and other kinds of test situation - like a personal review,  driving test or sports competition can also represent this in a different form.  


In an elaborate self-torture, the worst aspects of bad experiences are amplified and used to fuel even more graphic apprehensions about any upcoming situation.


It is very hard to inhabit a dramatic character or carry out any other demanding duty when already fighting a host of internalised fears and failures. Acting ‘ not acting acting ‘ usually proves to be a performance too far !!


Cognitive behavioural techniques are useful to analyse and identify the specific components of the de-stabilising processes - and the way they run.


Ericksonian Hypnosis can then be used to disengage old patterns and to separate away the memories of old difficulties. These are replaced these with newly constructed resources and awareness which connects a repertoire of  feelings and behaviours which are confident, spontaneous and effective.


You may be taught self hypnosis or be provided with personally designed recorded tapes or MP3 tracks containing powerful reassuring suggestion in order to reinforce and further amplify the process.

See Also :-


Job Interview Skills-Authority Figures-Speak in Groups-Presentation-Sales Pitch


See Also Blushing-Sweating-Shy-Awkward-Embarrassed-Geeky-Clumsiness


Learning to Drive-Driving Lesson-Driving Test-Skills- Exam Nerves

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