Do Not Let Fear Of Long Words Make You Speechless
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia or fear of long words is a form of social phobia, which makes a person feel extremely awkward to be a part of social gathering, to come to meet new people and to speak with others with whom business really matters.
Fear of long words poses problems with speaking. Once you know that you have a problem in pronouncing long and new words, you do not feel like conversing with others especially those with whom you are unacquainted.
Moreover, hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia can disrupt your normal existence and create immense problem in social relationship & work environment.
What does the phobia cause?
hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which is also referred to as Sesquipedalophobia ruins the quality of your life. It makes you suffer from panic attacks and keeps you away from your loved ones and business associates. It makes you feel so nervous that you even cannot utter simple and uncomplicated sentences.
In early childhood
You feel shy to speak because you know you cannot speak properly. The elders make fun of your speech and you feel extremely embarrassed.
You do not feel like interacting and expressing yourself in the classroom. You feel extremely nervous and may even experience several panic attacks if you are asked to read a piece or recite a poem in the classroom.
By the time you reach college the fear makes you feel utterly discouraged as years of humiliation or you can say fear of being humiliated turns you to a silent observer rather than a confident speaker. You hate to participate in cultural programs and avoid being a part of several group discussions.
Causes of fear of long words
Like all phobic conditions, this type of fear is produced by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. Causes of the condition may vary. In some, the fear is caused due to certain inherent problems with speech, say like stammering.
As the person has the habit of stammering, he feels uncomfortable to pronounce long unaccented words.
Alternatively, it may be so that once in your childhood you were badly humiliated for saying something wrong and inappropriate after which you never gained the confidence to speak bravely among others. Especially you found it extremely hard to deal with long and complicated words.
Common symptoms of fear of long words
- Your breaths become short and you tend to breathe frequently
- There is a sort of irregularity in your heartbeat
- You feel so nervous that you tend to sweat a lot
- You feel queasy and you have an overall feeling of dread
Treatment options for fear of long words
Whenever you face or hear about a problem with speech, you are at once reminded of a speech therapist. However, the role of the therapist begins after you have developed the abnormality.
Even medicines cannot cure a condition of hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. They can at length suppress the condition temporarily.
How to avoid fear of long words with self-help NLP techniques
You can successfully get rid of fear of long words with the help of effective self-help NLP techniques. For this, you need to change your mental construct and think positively about the condition.
If you have a problem with speech, self-help NLP procedures will help you face the reality and enable you to treat the problem from its root. Once it is healed, you no more feel shaky to pronounce long words.
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Posted by Jan Heering
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