Do you get sweaty palms and a racing heart before giving a talk or performing in front of others? We’ve all been there. No matter how confident you are, there are times when the pressure can get to your head. Learn how to deal with performance anxiety here.
What is performance anxiety?
Performance anxiety or stage fright is a fairly common occurrence. It may occur due to a fear of failing or appearing incompetent in front of peers. Oftentimes, stage fright is experienced while speaking in front of strangers. However, performance anxiety can even occur in one-on-one interactions or by yourself (e.g. sexual performance anxiety, test anxiety).
Although stage fright is common, it causes many people to skip special events or avoid new opportunities. In addition, severe performance anxiety may be a symptom of a generalized or social anxiety disorder (social phobia).