Odds are that you have Glossophobia…

Jerry Seinfeld: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking.  Number two is death.  Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

I didn’t know that the fear of public speaking was a phobia called Glossophobia.  “Glossa means tongue and phobos stands for fear or dread.”  I learned this and 7 other fun facts on the subject from a post called “Fear of Public Speaking Statistics.”  FACT ONE:  Surveys show that most people would rather die instead of talking in front of a live audience. This is a global fears top ten:

1.)  Fear of public speaking (Glossophobia)
2.)  Fear of death (Necrophobia)
3.)  Fear of spiders (Arachnophobia)
4.)  Fear of darkness (Achluophobia, Scotophobia or Myctophobia)
5.)  Fear of heights (Acrophobia)
6.)  Fear of people or social situations (Sociophobia)
7.)  Fear of flying (Aerophobia)
8.)  Fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia)
9.)  Fear of thunder and lightning (Brontophobia)
10) Fear of confined spaces (Claustrophobia)

Compare this to other Top Tens on speeching and you’ll notice that fear of public speaking is the absolute number one common phobia. It’s even beating out the fear of death…

(Note to self: I woke up this morning feeling good about me…Wow, I didn’t realize I had so many other phobias.)

FACT TWO:  Fear of public speaking has negative effects on careers and influences success in life negatively when you do nothing about it.  (DK: Totally agree!)

FACT THREE:  Three out of every four individuals suffer from speech anxiety: that’s 75 percent. Take the “Fear of Public Speaking Phobia Self-Test.  (DK: This takes a few minutes.  Worthy)

FACT FOUR: Up to 5 percent of the world population, yes, hundreds of millions aged between 18 and 54, experience this kind of social phobia in any given year.

FACT FIVE: Women and men are equally affected. Although there are fear of public speaking statistics that present figures in which more women suffer from speech anxiety related problems.

FACT SIX:  More men than women seek treatment to cure fear of public speaking. Some public speakers have turned to beta-blockers or hypnosis therapy to find relief. But I prefer self-help materials…like best selling self-growth books.

FACT SEVEN:  Social phobias often start with shyness in childhood or early adolescence, and progresses during adolescence, according to scientific studies of fear of public speaking statistics.

NEXT POST:  A few self-help books that have helped me with Glossophobia.

Sources: (1) Image: Gapingvoid.com, (2) Seinfeld Quote: ThinkExist.com. (3) Fear of Public Speaking Statistics: Speech Topics, Help, Advice & Ideas  

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