Stage Fright

What is Stage Fright?

Stage fright is normally not thought of as a phobia, despite its ability to almost freeze performers of all levels. Officially, it can be categorized as a subset of glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, which is itself a type of social phobia.

Stage fright is the uncomfortable feeling of nervousness coming from the belief that you are being judged and evaluated. It is very difficult hard to focus on the performance when you are completely consumed with worrying about yourself!

Symptoms of Stage Fright

Stage fright tends to show it itself somewhat differently than most anxieties. Most often it actually does not show itself during the performance bt more during the time before the performance.

Symptoms can range from just irritating, like sweaty palms, butterflies to more extreme physical effects like heart rate increase and hyperventilation.  In general the anxiety starts weeks or months before the performance, the closer the actual performance gets the more severe your symptoms tend to express themselves.

It’s crucial to realize stage fright is subjective: it exists only through your own perception and in your has the ability to make you over aware of your performance, every little mistake will be in your mind amplified and this leads to more anxiety and more severe symptoms.

Around 90 % of People Feel Stage Fright

You are not alone in this.

Ninety percent of people feel some kind of stage fright when they are required to address a group of people like a public performance, such as public speech, a recital, a dance performance, or a stage acting.

People who experience social anxiety have a different kind of performance anxiety.  For them, the entire world is a stage and even mundane or regular social situations are considered public performances. And they feel like they are performing under the scrutiny of a group of critics.


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