ABEJERO, Louise Camille Y.
“STAGE FRIGHT - Telltale Signs of a Horror Story Gone Right “
Your heart is racing, your palms are sweating, your throat feels raw, you can’t breathe, and worst of all, you feel like you’re about to throw up (physiological, psychological, and behavioral symptoms). Reading the first sentence, one might that he’s reading a horror story. Well, that’s partially right. This IS a horror story, not the “a monster is going to kill me, I’m gonna pee my pants" kind of horror story, but a horror story nonetheless. For some of us, speaking to a crowd is the worst nightmare. It is so terrifying for some people that when they get up on stage, they can do nothing more but just stand there and look dumb (psychological and behavioral symptoms). I’m not exaggerating people, this happens. In fact, I’ve experienced this myself. I was on third grade and I was getting ready to go out to the crowd and deliver my story when a sudden feeling of fear gripped my entire being, a deep and cold fear that of which I cannot explain. “What was there to worry about?" I asked myself. I had my lines memorized and etched in my brain. I’ve practiced a gazillion times and I was constantly being assured by my coach and family that I was gonna do fine, perhaps even great (receiving social support). But of course I didn’t believe them; I was so focused on everything that could go wrong. So focused indeed that I started to believe everything WAS GOING wrong. That little and sudden shift in my thinking led to my downfall. I knew in my heart that I could have done it, but my panic paralyzed me. There I was on stage, in front of about a hundred third graders and all I did was stand there speechless. And so I ran. I ran back to the side of the stage and told my coach that I couldn’t do it. I told him that I would rather get a zero, anything at all, just so I could escape this horrible situation (withdrawing from the stressor). But my coach didn’t let me...
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