March 5, 2016
The ego and the group: As someone who has stage fright, I wonder this: Is it the evaluation of my ideas, words that I fear? or is it the delivery? If I could devise an experiment, I’d have a classroom of students trade their essays so that the ideas were separate from the speaker. I’d arrange the seats in a circle with backs facing each other and measure individual comfort/anxiety levels. Then, circle facing each other, reading one’s own essay, then standing in front of group delivering speech. Each of these, individually studied would be interesting.