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If only spiders, snakes, and closet-dwelling boogeymen were still the only things you feared. Now that you’re all grown up, you know that there’s something even scarier out there: public speaking engagements.
According to neuropsychologist and author Dr. Theo Tsaousides, glossophobia — the fancy name for the fear of public speaking — affects 25 percent of us, making it among the most common fears. In a 2017 article for Psychology Today, he detailed the debilitating effects it can have on a person, even in mild cases: “Fear of public speaking can prevent you from taking risks to share your ideas, to speak about your work, and to present your solutions to problems that affect many people — and as a result, it can affect how much you grow personally and professionally, and how much impact you can have,” he wrote.
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January 3, 2019 at 09:30AM