Today the world revolves around test taking. From the elementary student to the person testing for a career license the world is inundated with testing. There is great pressure placed on young individuals as well as adults that causes stress and in some cases fear. The fear of taking a test is completely normal, but unfortunately some people experience much more than a simple passing fear. These individuals feel helpless and often have trouble concentrating on the task at hand. Read on for test taking fear symptoms and how hypnotherapy can relieve them.
What Is Test Taking Fear
There is a great difference between a normal feeling of fear and an abnormal cycle of fear that some feel. It is normal to feel a little bit of fear when a person knows that they are about to be measured on a skill, but when the fear over takes the entire person, something must change. When this type of fear is experience the individual will have a range of symptoms such as increased blood pressure, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, sweaty palms an many others. These are normal bodily reactions to a stress induced state or situation. However, when the person begins to feel these symptoms they become very uncomfortable and their performance on the exam is certainly not at best. This can become a vicious cycle that can actually cause the person to fail the test, not because they do not know the material, but because they are fearful of the testing situation.
How To Relieve Testing Fear
Hypnotherapy can assist a person by allowing them to take control of the testing situation. In some cases it can be very effective for the hypnotherapist to lead the individual through the entire testing process. By inducing a hypnotic state the individual is receptive to visualization and can visit a testing site without leaving their chair. They visualize the entire situation from walking into the room, the pencil and answering the questions. Techniques such as breathing control, stress release and calming can be suggested during the therapy. This helps the person during the test taking situation because they are able to take control of their body therefore controlling their emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
Hypnotherapy can also allow the individual to explore the issues causing the test anxiety. It could be a failed test in the past, self esteem troubles or other situations or experiences that is causing the person fear or anxiety during a test. It is important to understand that fear can be controlled by finding the root of the problem and changing it. One of the best ways to face this fear is to visualize the actual problem allowing those fears, symptoms and feelings to surface. Since the hypnotherapy session is controlled and can be stopped at any time it is a great way to face the fear. The hypnotherapist can make suggestions, guide the individual to a healthier time in their life. This gives a sense of control, in turn the individual then feels powerful over the situation.
Yoshie Chihara-Want, C.Ht., is a certified Hypnotherapist, Master Hypnotist, and Handwriting Analyst. She lives in Hawaii and helps people heal themselves through Hypnosis/ Hypnotherapy. Learn to train your mind to work for you today: http://www.hypnosisforlife.us