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    They say that to get over a fear, one has to expose themselves to that fear over and over until the fear goes away (assuming of course they experience no adverse effects). For example, I have a fear of public speaking. I'm trying to get over it by going to public speaking sessions. For example, toastmasters. I've been going for the past several months and I'm not experiencing the effects I was expecting. I still get very nervous speaking in front of crowds and it shows.


    What I'm wondering is, is there any research to show that to get over a fear of public speaking (or any phobia), one has to expose themselves to that fear at a sufficient frequency? I mean, to take a ridiculously extreme example, I don't think one would ever get over a fear by exposing one's self to it once a year. But do it once a day, then maybe.


    I go to Toastmasters once a week and I'm wondering if that's not frequent enough. I'm wondering if it should be more like twice or three times a week.


    Has there been any research to show that the frequency with which one is exposed to a certain fear makes a difference? In particular, is there a frequency below which it has no effect whatsoever?


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    I've found this useful in the past: don't think about it - just do it.

    This might help. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feel-Fear-A.../dp/0091907071


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    Much of what we fear, is the anticipation or build up of what is to come...in other words, much of what we fear doesn't really come to fruition. Just from experience, the best way to conquer one's fears, is to forge through whatever it is that you fear. Within reason. I wouldn't recommend putting yourself in danger, but with common tasks like public speaking or interviewing, etc...one should engage in those activities. Chances are, the fear will dissipate because you will be proving to yourself that your fears were really delusions. But, irrational fears should be examined, as they can put us into a state of analysis paralysis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    But, irrational fears should be examined, as they can put us into a state of analysis paralysis.
    Amen to that: I have a phobia of forms (those that need to be filled out). The anxiety is sometimes overwhelming. Despite the fact that Iím (to quote my friends) hyper rational, I am unable to figure out why they so much bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vexspits View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    But, irrational fears should be examined, as they can put us into a state of analysis paralysis.
    Amen to that: I have a phobia of forms (those that need to be filled out). The anxiety is sometimes overwhelming. Despite the fact that I’m (to quote my friends) hyper rational, I am unable to figure out why they so much bother me.
    Yea, I feel this way in certain situations. An overwhelming sense of fear, but much of these embedded fears that seem unexplained, come from our childhoods. Maybe in your childhood, you had a bad experience with test tasking, or filling out forms, and now that has followed you into adulthood.
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