Anxiety is a common feeling most of us experience but the intensity of this feeling varies from every individual. In some instances this anxiety can help bring about but if this emotion impacts negatively on a person’s performance, then that person can suffer in many different ways. As a child there were four fears which I can recall specifically. First, the fear of being rejected by others; second, I always dreaded being alone at home even during the day time; third, would be my fear of dogs; fourth, was my fear of public speaking.
As time has passed and most of the fears I have over-come or at least make a conscious effort to over-come since I am aware of my weak points. My fear of being rejected is still present in my sub-conscious which leads me to always be nice to other people so that they do not think negatively about me. However, this makes me an easy person to get along with and people enjoy working with me in teams because of my agreeableness. But in many instances it is a hindrance, especially when I want to express my opinion.
My fear of public speaking still gives me stomach cramps and I experience it every time before a presentation or any other situation where the focus is on me. But because I know how difficult it is for me to stand in front of people and deliver myself; therefore, I spend extra time practicing my speech for instance, consequently the feedback about my performance is mostly positive. The anxiety of public speaking helps me to better prepare myself for the situation and if I make an effort to keep my nerves calm then I do not allow my emotions to take over me.
These fears described above are those which are most prevalent in my personality and to some extent describe me as a person. I consider myself to be an introvert to a large degree because of my agreeable behavior and which is brought about by my fear of being rejected. However, it does impact negatively on my self-evaluation and confidence levels; whereas, the fear of public speaking encourages me to work harder and spend more time practicing for my speeches and presentations which undoubtedly reflects in the outcome.
Cook. "Children on Different Developmental Pathways." -. -: -, 0. 561-564. Print.