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Glossophobia is considered to be the fear of speech Some people say they would rather die than speak in public In fact Glossophobia of fear of speaking has surpassed even dying in some surveys It is believed to be the single most common phobia effecting as much as 75 of all people Glossophobia is considered a social phobia and may be linked to or sometimes precede a more severe anxiety disorder I consider myself to have this fear of speech When I stand up in front of a classroom full of people I break out in a sweat my mouth gets dry making my voice squeaky The same thing happens when I get called on to answer an question in class I have gotten better at speaken up in class but I still have the problem when I ger in front of a crowd of people When I go places with my friends I kind of shy off and let them do all of the talking My friends just think I am shy I have learned a lot about this phobia and have learned how to adjust to some of it I have come a long way considering I would not even raise my hand to answer questions and now I can sit among my peers and hold a conversation with them It gives me confidence and maybe one day I will sit in front of an whole class and deliver an speech Many peoples fear of Public Speaking can be traced back to something like an incident at school where when called upon by the teacher to speak other kids teased them When a person has a negative experience the brain can link the negative feelings associated with that experience to other similar experiences At school the brain simply thought Heres a dangerous situation I know that because I feel terrible How do I keep myself from getting in this
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