Performance Anxiety: Alternative Diagnoses

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 other issues:

  • Perhaps it is the very rational fear of not being adequately prepared.
  • Perhaps we love music, but need to share it in some other way.
  • 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… What Causes Stage Fright?

About Frank J Peter

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!
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