Don’t let this 12-letter word throw you; its origin is Greek, emanating from the two words glossa (tongue) and phobos (fear or dread). By now you realize that glossophobia, which is a mouthful in and of itself, refers to fear of public speaking.
If this is an issue for you, it may help to know that you’re not alone; in fact, 3 out of 4 individuals describe themselves as having this type of anxiety related to speaking. It may interest you further to see where glossophobia is ranked relative to other types of anxiety…
1. Fear of public speaking (glossophobia)
2. Fear of death (necrophobia)
3. Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)
4. Fear of darkness (myctophobia)
5. Fear of heights (acrophobia)
6. Fear of people or social situations (sociophobia)
7. Fear of flying (aerophobia)
8. Fear of open spaces (agoraphobia)
9. Fear of thunder and lightning (brontophobia)
10. Fear of confined spaces (claustrophobia)
To paraphrase comedian Jerry Seinfeld: Most people would rather be the one being buried than the one giving the eulogy.
Here’s the good news…fear of speaking doesn’t have to rule your life. Help is available.