Stage Fright

Learned Behavior

Most cases of stage fright have been learned in the same way that you learned to speak at a certain tone, hold your head at a certain angle, and utter the amount of words you use when replying to a question. You probably are not aware that you even do those things, but ask friend and they will tell you that your whole family has a similar way of doing "something".

Our habits are learned by watching and then imitating our care-providers.

Think of someone you know who is calm and confident when speaking or taking part in a presentation. If you know or ask about his background, you will probably find out that his parents were teachers or perhaps were just very confident people.

When It's a Fear

Notice that "most" cases of stage fright are learned. Some stage fright is simply a fear that resulted from a single incident, probably mis-interpreted by a child who didn't have all of the information necessary to make a wiser choice.

Children are constantly mis-interpreting words and actions. They make assumptions based on their tiny bank of knowledge.

Recently I told my 2-year-old grandson that his daddy used to be my baby. I thought he would find it funny or interesting, but he burst out crying. Since they were expecting a new baby soon, the parents had been talking to him and trying to prepare him for the new arrival. The tears told me that, in his mind, his daddy was going to be a baby. Quickly I assured him that his daddy would stay his daddy. He could never be a baby again.

That's how easily a child can mis-interpret words.

If stage fright is a result of a fear, it can still be changed, but probably not with self-hypnosis. An appointment with a trained hypnotist will get to the cause of the fear and it can be resolved in that way.


How can you tell when someone has stage fright?

  • blushing

  • shaking hands

  • rapid heart beat

  • sweating

  • dry throat

  • shaky voice

  • numb or tingling feelings in certain parts of the body

It's not a pleasant experience.

Break the Past

If you have stage fright and suspect or know that you learned it from influences around you, then understand that you can break that habit and begin a new family trait: confidence while speaking in public. What a great treasure to pass on to your children and grandchildren.

How exactly do I break that habit? You might be asking that question because you thought that it was just the way you were and would always be that way. Well, beliefs begin with suggestions. If you gain access to the sub-conscious mind, which is what hypnosis is, and change the suggestion, the belief will also change.


You may be doubting the statement that suggestions become beliefs. It sounds much too simple. Well, let me give you some proof.

There have been many studies done with hypnotism to find out how things are working and why suggestions make a difference. Using advanced brain imaging techniques, scientists are able to view the brain and are able to see which areas are being used during certain activities. Each area "lights up" (shows that electrical impulses are activated) when in use.

In one experiment people were hypnotized and then shown a black and white picture, but they were told that it was colour. The part of the brain that registers colour DID light up. Conversely, the same people were given a coloured picture but were told that it was black and white. The part of the brain that registers colour DID NOT light up.

The suggestion became their belief.

Reasons to Change

The reasons to change are as varied as the people who want the change.

You may be in school and want to be able to get better marks by taking a greater part in discussions.

You may be thinking about a career change into an area that requires leadership.

You may be wanting to take a more active role in clubs or religious activities.

You may just be tired of cringing in the corner every time a volunteer is requested.

It doesn't matter how young or old you are, the old beliefs can be changed.

How Do I Change

When you get to the point of wanting to get on with life and leave old habits (like stage fright) behind, then self-hypnosis is the way to make the change. You may want to learn the process of self-hypnosis and then make an affirmation to say while you are in self-hypnosis.

Try the techniques described in this site. Read about the misconceptions if you are not totally sure of the process. Then continue to do the routine twice a day. It only takes 2 - 3 minutes twice a day and you will begin to see a difference in the way you respond to the world around you.

Your belief will be that you are confident when speaking to a group and your whole body will respond to the belief.