Overcoming Stage Fright in Everyday Life

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As an outgrowth of her earlier training as an actress and her own struggle with this problem, Jungian analyst Joyce Ashley has developed a method for identifying the roots of performance anxiety and the psychological factors that continue to fuel it. Using a combination of acting and psychoanalytic techniques, she teaches people to do battle with their inner saboteurs. In Part I, Ashley takes us step-by-step through the experiences of two participants in her eight-week workshop. Using actual dialogues, we follow ...
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As an outgrowth of her earlier training as an actress and her own struggle with this problem, Jungian analyst Joyce Ashley has developed a method for identifying the roots of performance anxiety and the psychological factors that continue to fuel it. Using a combination of acting and psychoanalytic techniques, she teaches people to do battle with their inner saboteurs. In Part I, Ashley takes us step-by-step through the experiences of two participants in her eight-week workshop. Using actual dialogues, we follow each one's encounters with inner adversaries and witness their newly gained insights and growing freedom from fear. In Part II, Ashley adapts her highly successful workshop program for the reader. She explains in detail how to do her exercises, and supports each reader's individual journey toward confrontation with self-sabotage. Unlike other books that give advice on how to deal with performance anxiety, Ashley's is the first to offer a reliable, easily learned technique that empowers readers to overcome their fear.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780517704653
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/26/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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Joyce Ashley is a Jungian analyst who specializes in performance anxiety. In addition to her analytic practice, she conducts workshops on Overcoming Stage Fright in Everyday Life at the New York Open Center and in Jungian centers across the country.  
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Table of Contents

Foreword 13
Investigating Severe Stage Fright 17
Stage Fright: Three Profiles 29
The Dynamics of Performance Anxiety 52
Confronting Performance Anxiety: Steve and Nancy 59
Workshop 1 Sharpening Focus 61
Workshop 2 Opening to the Psyche 66
Workshop 3 Contacting the Inner Child 74
Workshop 4 Evoking the Past 85
Workshop 5 Confronting the Critic 91
Workshop 6 Dealing with the Difficult Child 96
Workshop 7 Getting to the Heart of the Matter 99
Workshop 8 The Work Reaffirmed 102
Follow-up 110
Working on Your Own 115
Overcoming Resistance 123
Exercise 1 Relaxation Exercise 126
Exercise 2 Probing for Memories of Childhood 130
Exercise 3 Evoking the Past 132
Exercise 4 Identifying Your Inner Critic 137
Exercise 5 Contacting Your Inner Child 140
Exercise 6 Revisiting Your Inner Child 144
Exercise 7 Examining an Attack of Performance Anxiety 145
Exercise 8 What Might I Be Getting from My Fear? 151
Exercise 9 Re-creating Performance Anxiety 152
Exercise 10 Confronting Your Inner Critic 157
Reinforcing Your Gains in the Months to Come 161
Forming Leaderless Groups 163
Seeking Professional Help 165
Expanding Consciousness 166
Bibliography 169
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