Communication Apprehension: Origins and Management / Edition 1

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volume on the social phobia known as stage fright, or performance jitters, Communication Apprehension literally opens new doors for clinicians and patients, alike. This work is ... unique in providing accessible details on the psychology, physiology, neurology, differential diagnosis and treatment of the extraordinarily common, yet neglected, affliction of performance anxiety. Designed for a broad range of communications professionals and knowledgeable lay persons, the book is solutions - based. Written in an engaging style, Communication Apprehension bolsters its message through information on the physiology and psychology of communication apprehension Read more Show Less

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Simply the most far-reaching volume on the social phobia known as stage fright, or performance jitters, Communication Apprehension literally opens new doors for clinicians and patients, alike. This work is unique in providing accessible details on the psychology, physiology, neurology, differential diagnosis and treatment of the extraordinarily common, yet neglected, affliction of performance anxiety. Designed for a broad range of communications professionals and knowledgeable lay persons, the book is solutions - based. Written in an engaging style, Communication Apprehension bolsters its message through information on the physiology and psychology of communication apprehension.

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Reviewer: Mary Elizabeth Moody, MA, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: Communication Apprehension provides an in-depth investigation into the etiology, nature, and symptoms of this psychosocial anxiety. In addition, suggestions for treatment, mainly from a psychological perspective, are presented.
Purpose: The author's purpose as stated in the preface is to "demystify the devastating fear of performance...and to help" cope with the problem. The objectives are extremely worthy, and the answers much needed. The objectives are met from a psychological perspective, but the treatment approaches lacked the pragmatic behavioral techniques that are so often efficacious.
Audience: The book is written primarily for speech-language pathologists according to the author. In my judgment, the book would be a valuable initial introduction to performance anxiety for practitioners, professional speakers, and self-presenters at any level from amateur to professional. The author seems to be fully knowledgeable, and has drawn from other noted authorities.
Features: The book provides a thorough insight into the causes and conditions of communication apprehension, as well as an in-depth presentation of the cognitive factors, the psychological perspective, and the manifestations of communication anxiety. The last chapter suggests a treatment protocol with a progressive continuum. I found the book to be much more thorough than anything I have seen in this area before. The book refers to many of the "classical" explanations while including multidisciplinary wisdom. Explanation of neurological bases, psychosocial symptoms, and the physiology of the problem are the highlights of the book. However, the sections addressed to subspecialties of language disorders, fluency, and voice did not establish credibility. The author relied on exceptions seemingly to prove the rule — and the statement that "Clinicians and stutterers alike view the fear of public speaking as solely a consequence of a stuttering problem" leaves the reader with an erroneous impression — stuttering has myriad etiologies. I agree that speech pathologists can certainly benefit from a better understanding of communication apprehension, and a study of this book can provide this, but speech-language pathologists can apply the premises as needed without stretching the point. The format of the book makes it difficult to read and the long sentences and paragraphs were harder to process in the small type. On another point, I have found that specific behavioral (pragmatic) changes often reduce presentation anxiety much more effectively than the self-examination and understanding, measurement, and observational techniques. This is the greatest shortcoming of the book, and I would have liked to have seen this aspect addressed more thoroughly, especially since the book is aimed at speech-language pathologists.
Assessment: However, I will certainly use this book in my classes as well as in my practice with professional voice users.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565939240
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/20/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Betty Horwitz is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in New York City and, for the past 10 years, has been an adjunct professor at New York University where she received an award for teaching excellence. She received a B.A (Speech Pathology) from the University of Michigan, an M.A. (Speech Pathology) from Kean University in New Jersey, and an M.A. (Developmental Psychology) and Ed.D. (Speech Pathology) from Columbia University. In addition, she has postdoctoral training in child and adolescent psychology at the New Hope Guild in New York and in psychophysiology and biofeedback with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). She is among the inaugural cadre of fluency specialists with ASHA, a contributor to the ASHA Prevention Manual, and a member of the Education and Performance Arts Psychophysiology Sections of AAPB.

Dr. Horwitz has worked in rehabilitation centers, schools and clinics with varied speech, language and voice disorders and has been on the faculty of the Communication Disorders Departments of the City College of New York, Southern Connecticut State University and, more recently, Touro College in Brooklyn, New York. She has also been a consultant and trainer in the private sector and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for whom she developed a widely used program and textbook on Leadership and Oral Communications. Her experience and special interests in human development, stuttering and voice led Dr. Horwitz to explore the effects of anxiety on oral communications which she has written about and lectured on nationally and internationally (in the USA and abroad).

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview: The Hidden Communication Problem. Developmental Perspectives. Psychological Perspectives. Physiological Perspectives. Management Perspectives. Epilogue.

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