Drawing by Elizabeth Wagele
Published on February 18, 2014 by Elizabeth Wagele in The Career Within You
“Scott Stossel, author of My Age of Anxiety
, has a severe case of anxiety. His phobias include fear
of flying, fainting, heights, closed spaces, germs, vomiting, and cheese. “Faced with the prospect of a plane trip or a speaking engagement or sometimes even a squash match or a meeting at the office, Stossel experiences full-blown panic
, sweating, vertigo, stomach pains, and loss of control of his bowels. The sight of an unfamiliar pimple can send him down a bottomless chute of dread. He nearly passed out at his own wedding.” This is from the New Yorker article, The Prisoner of Stress—What does anxiety mean?
by Louis Menand, 1-27-14…
I also felt anxious in college before presenting papers. Later, I sought anything that might help me endure giving book talks, including hypnotism. That and finding out from experience that no harm came from them worked. The night I told the audience I was feeling afraid was a turning point. I was no longer keeping my fear a secret from the audience. Keeping secrets creates stress. And the audience seemed to support me. Now I give talks with little apprehension…”
From Psychology Today. To read complete article please click here.