Causes of performance anxiety

Can We Outsmart Our Painful Performance Anxieties?

Can the mere thought of school work cause pain? It might if you suffer from performance anxiety. A new brain study suggests that people with math anxiety may feel something like physical pain when they anticipate doing math problems.

If you’re wondering about the implications for other forms of academic anxiety, I am too. But the news isn’t all bad. To see why, consider the details.

Ian Lyons and Sian Beilock performed fMRI scans on 28 adult volunteers who had been evaluated for math anxiety. While researchers recorded brain activity, each volunteer was asked to do a set of “homework” problems.

Some of the problems were word tasks. People were asked to decide if a word, when reversed, spelled another word, as "god" becomes "dog" when spelled backwards.

The other problems were arithmetic tasks, like "True or false: (3x6) – 4 = 12."

The problems varied in difficulty and were presented in a mixed order. But crucially, participants were given a heads-up before each task was presented - a visual symbol that warned if the next problem was going to be a word task or a math task.

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And here is the key result: When people knew that a math problem was coming up, individuals with math anxiety experienced more brain activity in regions linked with threat detection and physical pain. That was true even after controlling for participants responses to cues that a word task was coming up next. And it was true after controlling for a person’s overall trait anxiety and competence on math problems.

So there it is. Anxiety hurts. Anticipating the thing we fear hurts. No wonder people shrink from the tasks that make them anxious, and the consequences can be pretty bad, can’t they? Math anxiety has been documented in children as young as 6 years old, and it fuels a vicious cycle. Anxious kids avoid math, get less practice in math, and fall further and further behind – reinforcing their anxiety.

But there is another wrinkle to this study that I find very interesting. When these same participants went on to perform the math tasks, they did not experience elevated activity levels in the pain-perceiving parts of the brain. The psychological pain was linked only with the anticipation of the deed, not the deed itself.

It’s hard not to think of all the old wisdom. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…" "Cowards die many times…" If this is true about math, might it also be true about a lot of other things? Anxiety about reading? Writing? Public speaking?

If it is, we’ve got more reason than ever to be cagey about the way we handle these anxieties. Are kids choking on anxiety in the classroom? As Sian Beilock has noted, we may help them with specific, research-based tactics, like having students write about their math anxieties before taking a test.

But I’m also thinking we might reframe our tests and drills and exercises. In one study investigating the effects of racial stereotypes on test performance, African American students performed better on an IQ test when the true nature of that test was concealed. The students were told that the test items were “puzzles” and that the researchers wanted the students’ opinions of them.

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They only say 'performance' which is a catch-all

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Term avoiding lawsuits. Imagine a driving instructor who denigrates, insults, and yells - could you focus on driving? The job causes enough anxiety without being demeaned.
Yes. there are very specific questions to be asked. Believe me the callers are not all nuts, but just ramble on. Limiting the ramble, extracting information is key. It reminds me of college TV production. There are umpteen things that confuse newcomers, but practice demystifies it. If they trained more with real world simulations, it's be much better than mean trainers. handling pressure situs can be an inate skill, but it is teachable limited only by the trainees ability to manipulate software, people, and peripherally radio traffic

Insomnia is not a physical illness. Insomnia

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Insomnia is a condition characterized by the sensation of daytime fatigue and impaired performance caused by insufficient sleep. Transient insomnia lasts for a few days. Short-term insomnia lasts for no more than three weeks. Chronic insomnia occurs when the following characteristics are present:
* When a person has difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or has non-restorative sleep for at least three nights a week for one month or longer.
* In addition, the patient is distressed and believes that normal daily functioning is impaired because of sleep loss.
According to the most knowledgeable medical authorities, the most common causes of insomnia are anxiety, severe stress, and depression

Could it be an underlying

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Emotional issue? For both sexes, women especially, sex drive can be completely eradicated if emotional issues get in the way - maybe you have problems being intimate with him in general? Do you find yourself feeling weird just trying to cuddle or show affection as well?
or maybe because you feel pressure from him it causes performance anxiety?
I'm 23, a male, enjoy my sex life - but my girlfriend is very aggressive and before I was used to it, gave me some anxiety - not like you may think - I still had erections with no issues, it was more a problem of interest

Is that a neurological term?

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We're not talking about a momentary lapse of memory.
Always remember that a brain is a physical object, with purely physical parts, and those parts are differently physically regulated in different brains. You injest caffeine to modify your neurological regulation. And there are other compounds that modify it in slightly different ways. Some have various mild side effects, some more considerable side effects. Just as with caffeine, which causes many deaths per year.
Although beta blockers in particular are not prescribable in the US for performance anxiety reduction, they are still used by some professionals

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