What is Phobia?
A type of anxiety disorder, a phobia is an extreme, irrational fear of a specific object or situation. The anxiety produced by the fear compels the person to avoid the object or situation, which can seriously disrupt the person’s life. The person recognizes the fear as excessive or unreasonable but cannot control it.
Many students are afraid of the same things that individuals with phobias fear. But the difference between a “normal” fear and a phobia is the degree of anxiety involved, and the length of time that a high level of anxiety persists. A student with a phobia has a high level of anxiety and dread and even abject terror when he/she comes into contact with the object of their phobia. If a student has a phobia, he experiences this level of fear for a period of six months or more. And this affects his social, psychological and academic performance.
Phobia can occur:
- A person or type of person
- An animal or insect
- An object
- A place or type of place
- A situation
5 Phobias you Must As a students
Wondering how to speak English? Are you scared to speak English grammar confidently?. Grammar is important in school, competitive exams and public speaking (speech). As a student you must study grammar; it creates more problem in communication and writing. It also creates creates fear in the mind of a speaker and chokes him.
Hundreds of thousands of students may be very fluent and natural in English but might be very poor in grammar and tends to make a lot of grammatical mistakes also get nervous or intense while speaking and writing.
Personal beliefs and people’s opinion are the most ways students develop grammar phobia. Your school teacher or personal tutor might fill your mind with fear of self confidence saying “making grammatical mistakes makes you foolish or silly. I personally believe that every grammarian makes grammatical mistakes, so making grammatical mistakes does not make you foolish or silly; that might be an opinion and not a fact
Ways Of Dealing With Grammar phobia
- Develop your English habits naturally
- Accept mistakes and learn from it
- Express yourself not to impress others
2. Exam Phobia
Exam phobia is the fear of examinations and it is very common among students of all age groups these days. Some students develop exam phobia and struggle to overcome it. This might push them towards anxiety and even depression in some cases. Examination fear among the students can be an extraordinary obstacle for their scholastic achievement. It is critical to acknowledge on time that you have built up fear from something and conquer your fear at the perfect time before it ruins an important chance of your life.
Causes of Exam Phobia
- Fear of scoring poorly in your tests or exams
- A fear of absence of control
- Fear of letting down others (guardians, educators)
- Giving too much importance and value to single tests and assignments
- Set a very high bar for his/her self
- Using grades as an impression of self-esteem
- Having no confidence or negative self-talk
How to Overcome Exam Phobia
- Relax and Make a Plan
- Have Proper Rest and Eat Well
- Do Not Compare Yourself with Others
- Take Small and Regular Examination Breaks
- Sleep Properly
- Make Time for Revision to Keep Exam Phobia at Bay
- Stay Positive
Fearing failure is something we have experienced ever since we were children. After all, fear is one of the basic human emotions, and some amount of it is vital to help us keep out of danger. But sometimes, this anxiety becomes overwhelming. Fearing failure too much can have its impact on our performance, and in some cases, we even find ourselves aborting the whole plan because of how much we are afraid of failing at it.
Overcoming this fear of failure is essential for us to succeed in life. Fortunately, many practices can help us tackle our fears and face the challenges life presents us more bravely and less-stressfully.
Ways to Overcome This Fear Include:
- Get to the Roots of Your Fears
- Analyze Your Fears Rationally
- Think More Positively
- Accept the Inevitable
- Always Have a Backup Plan
- Strategize your Approach
- Avoid procrastination
Glossophobia is an experience or some sort of fear when speaking in public at some time in our lives. Most students experience some degree of nervousness or anxiety when they give a speech, presentation, or perform on stage. They still manage to cope with the occasion even though they are not enjoying it. However, people who suffer from glossophobia may deliberately avoid situations where they would have to speak in public.
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Some Major Signs Of Glossophobia
- Dryness in the mouth
- Stammers or tics
- Shaking or quivering voice
- Hesitation words such as ‘umm’ and ‘ah’
- Trembling voice due to tension
Practical Tips For Overcoming Glossophobia
- Practice often and aloud
- Videotape your presentation
- Prepare possible audience questions
- Familiarize yourself with the room
- Understand your audience
- Speak slowly
- Keep a glass of water next to you
- Don’t say how nervous you are
Bibliophobia is an unusual phobia of books. It can be broadly defined as the fear of books, but it also refers to a fear of reading or reading out loud or in public. Many people have only a subset of this phobia, fearing textbooks or historical novels or children’s stories, rather than a fear of all books.
Some Common Signs Of Bibliophobia
- Avoidance of books
- Dread or worry about having to read a book
- Intense panic and strong desire to flee when reading a book
- Trembling or shaking
Possible Ways Of Overcoming Bibliophobia
- Cognitive behavior therapy.
- Exposure therapy.