Performance Anxiety: Differential Diagnoses

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Before we confront the problem of genuine performance anxiety, realize that our feelings of exposure and dread may not be stage fright at all…

… but symptomatic of two other issues…

  • Perhaps it is the very rational fear of not being adequately prepared. If this is the case, make sure to fully understand How to Study-Practice.
  • Perhaps the extrinsic motivations associated with the performance are putting too much pressure on the outcome, distracting our attention away from the intrinsic enjoyment of our life as a musician. (More on this subject in subsequent postings.)

That said, bona fide stage fright is the overwhelming feeling of discomfort and loss of control before or during a performance…

  • despite loving what we are doing,
  • despite doing it for the right reasons, and
  • despite being otherwise prepared (musically at least).

learn more… Performance Anxiety: What Causes Stage Fright?