If you use your imagination, you find find other ways than an impending deadline to create challenge or high arousal when writing.
Please write again if you find an alternative that works for you. My writing anxieties are beyond paralyzing. I become physically ill from the start of my writing, until my grade is posted. This information is so helpful, thank you! It is really nice to see someone acknowledge the topic of essay phobia in students. I have been struggling with phobia for taking tests and writing papers for a while now. During my school years I feared preparing for my final exams but now that I am in college I have a strong fear of writing papers.
I know this might seem like excuses to prevent myself from writing academic papers but this is truly how it is for me. I try to talk about my writing problems with psychologists however it is hard for them to grasp just how bad it is for me and they chose to focus on other problems instead. I know a student who describes her avoidance much as you do.
If you solve the problem for yourself, tell the world how you did it — you could help many individuals. Thanks for your thoughts, John, and everyone. I think my phobia has grown out of my self-imposed perfectionism and the tedium in attempting it. But, I agree that breaking into chunks, however one chooses to do it, is very helpful.
I spend all day trying to learn the program rather than getting started on my writing. Albert Bandura would say that low self-efficacy about doing an assignment adequately is at the heart of essay-writing phobia.
For students with a phobia, a better goal than doing the assignment adequately which to some of them means perfectly is to do the assignment as a good or perfect!
In the long run of a career, timeliness in writing is more important than perfection. I majored in both Psychology and Linguistics, and took a bunch of other social science electives so understandably there were a lot of writing to do. At some stage I gave up on myself and thought I was just a lazy ass procrastinator who will never amount to much. Before I start on an essay I would spend a lot of effort doing my readings, planning my structure, and extracting the relevant information.
But when it comes to typing out the actual essay, I get stuck. The untitled word document can sit on my laptop screen for days and we just stare at each other until its finally a week overdue. Consequentially, I usually get a good raw grade for content but the late penalty takes it down to a mediocre grade. Fast-forward until today, I have worked in a stressful but boring corporate environment for a while and never had a problem with time-management or punctually.
How could I possibly tell the admission panel that my subpar GPA was due to late assignments and expect them to wave their wands of forgiveness? Thank you John and everyone here for sharing your thoughts and sorry for my long post in secondlanguage-English! You are not alone in suffering consequences of essay-writing phobia. You write well — look for a way ahead. Wow- sums me up to a T! I took it to him to get it fixed but he was aware of the situation and ran my document through some of his editor friends then printed and submitted it for me omg!
I got an A, but I felt robbed of my intellectual property- does that make sense?! I know I have a problem with submitting papers but was too embarrassed to tell anyone. Thanks for the great post and all the lovely dialogue going on here. My procrastination has gotten really bad — I sometimes submit in my essays one week late.
I start crying almost uncontrollably when I know I have an essay due; I go into denial mode and consider quite seriously jumping out of the window to make the task of writing an essay go away and I start to seriously consider the benefits of jumping since it would mean that I would never have to do another essay again. Every essay is a living hell I have to go through: I sense your suffering — I feel sad thinking about it. Part of your suffering comes from an approach-avoidance conflict I think that you want to complete your assignment and get a good grade but you feel anxious about doing the work.
If avoidance of writing assignments is your only avoidance, your problems will soon end when you graduate — you will be free! Phobias, though irrational, are common.
I used to have a phobia of diving into water. I also had a phobia of public speaking. I am happy to say that I have left these phobias behind. Phobia treatment usully works well. I failed a course in April because of this problem. This hits close to home, so close that even my nickname is Kiki! I have always either submitted my essays in late at uni or submitted in essays that only reached half the word limit.
I would procrastinate until the last possible minute to start because usually the pressure of deadlines makes me less inclined to be perfect with my writing and just produce anything. In saying this, I have never failed an essay but also rarely ever achieved a great mark. My friends are always baffled by my phobia as I am an avid reader so they assume this means I am a great writer.
My new years resolution to tackle this phobia is to write more. I will try to give myself things that I am interested in to research and write about. Hopefully I will be able to go through with this resolution! You are a member of a large group millions worldwide? To leave the group, go right on Courage Street and then right again on Persistence Boulevard. If you submit a written assignment on time, with a proper word count, after starting early, and earn a high grade, your improved student behavior will be reinforced by the grade.
If the grade is not so good, you may learn that you are not harmed by receiving a mediocre grade for maximum performance. Writing it all at the last minute gives me a protective excuse for submitting something imperfect. Thank you for this post! You are not alone. I hope that at some point you will care much less what markers think of you — you are not on this earth to please markers, or to be perfect. Thank you for this article. This has been an academic struggle for me going back to grade school.
It has even negatively impacted my professional career. Attempted to get my masters but after twice trying to complete my thesis class I gave up. I know that it has to do on some level with perfectionism and a fear of criticism. Not sure were the mindset originated from but that is the inner voice that I battle with. This is the only area academically that I struggle with, I excel in all others.
Which means that I have to work harder to sustain grades that can sustain the loss of points. But when I put my fingers on the keys I feel like I am going into battle. It is a horrible experience that sometimes I just choose not to fight.
I can feel your suffering. I hope you will try psychological strategies or see a psychologist — anything that might help you overcome the problem. The ironic thing was that it was the first time I started an essay early, I chipped at it slowly and got over my fear.
I was under so much stress, i pretty much skipped Christmas celebrations to work on my frigging essay that drove me to tears and unexplained increased heart rate for three weeks!
I still submitted something subpar because I broke it into too many little chunks that took me beyond the submission date so i still pulled a 42 hour all nighter to reach the word count by the date. Imagine my blood shot, teary eyes when the woman told me I am a minute late. God I am crying now remembering it now This was three days ago.
And I am on this website because I am back to my essay avoiding ways. Jaappy, you suffered mightily due to be slightly tardy in submitting. Although you did not receive the grade reward you wanted, you did show yourself that you can start early and submit at about the due time. Your next step is to start early and submit early. You are very close to that level of performance, which may gain you the grade you want and positive emotions.
Thank you so much for this article! And I feel like it has gotten worse as each semester goes by. But generally whenever I have to do an assignment, I get anxious, even just reading the subject guide which outlines the assessment tasks for the semester stresses me out. Buspirone, an antianxiety drug, causes less sedation and less risk of physical and psychological dependence than the benzodiazepine Smeltzer and Bare, However, it takes several weeks to take effect.
Psychotherapy can help the patient identify and deal with the cause of anxiety, anticipate his reactions, and plan effective response strategies to deal with the anxiety. The patient may learn relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, focused relaxation, and visualization Smeltzer and Bare, Complications Anxiety can impair social or occupational functioning; effects can range from mild to severe and incapacitating.
GAD patients often abuse substances. Alcohol or sedative and hypnotic abuse is common. Head to toe nursing assessment to identify the signs and symptoms of the disease and potential presence of complications described above. History of panic symptoms choking feeling in throat, hyperventilation, light-headedness, dizziness, and other physical signs and symptoms of anxiety. Medication history response, effectiveness, and adverse effects , sociologic status, including support systems, hobbies, interests, work history, family makeup, family roles, family coping mechanisms, lifestyle, ect.
Interventions include the assessments identified above and may also include the following: Establish relationship with unconditional positive regard and respect Miller, Competently maintain universal precautions Maintain strict confidentiality Administer medications as prescribed by MD Refer to appropriate agencies related to health, finances, support groups,, ect. Teaching Medication actions and their adverse effects, relaxation techniques, ect. Stay with patient when he is anxious, and encourage him to discuss his feelings, reduce environmental stimuli, and remain calm.
Help patient develop effective coping mechanisms to manage his anxiety Suggest activities that distract patient from anxiety. Paper is used to convey words that carry ideas. Those ideas influence the intellect of readers and can make changes in society for better or worse.
It has no intrinsic properties that signal a menace or evil, yet for the Papyrophobic individual paper brings about a sense of panic and fear. What may come as a surprise to some is that the form of paper may be important to the papyrophobe. For instance one who fears paper may only fear it when it it wadded up while another may fear a blank sheet of paper.
One video on a sharing site showed a papyrophobe who absolutely feared paper ripped and rolled into small balls. Other fears can be the tearing of paper or paper that is wet. This is a profound and overwhelming fear — not simply a dislike.
This is a fear that brings about symptoms that indicate terror and flight. For the papyrophobe this can be embarrassing and uncontrollable.
The phobia of paper is quite rare with just a handful of people around the world suffering from it. Sometimes, the intensity of the fear increases based upon the type or size of paper. Let us study this phobia in detail.
Papyrophobia – Fear of Paper. When a person has an abnormal and persistent fear for paper he or she is said to suffer from papyrophobia. Even though an individual with this phobia realizes that his or her fear is unreasonable, in some, just glancing at the object of fear is enough to provoke a reaction.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities, or persons. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive, unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Phobias are believed to be developed by heredity, genetics and brain-chemistry combine with life-experiences. - Phobias A phobia is when someone has an irrational fear of an object such as fear of heights, fear of snakes, and other things. The name phobia is derived from Phobos, who is the Greek god of fear and most phobias have a Greek name.
← Back to: List of phobias. Papyrophobia is an abnormal or persistent fear of papers. Papyrophobes can have fear of: plain sheet of paper, crumpled ball of paper (which symbolizes injury, damage or death), paper tear, or paper cut. phobia paper Christine Park Eng 11/19/ All kinds of Phobia Draft 1 Though there are many types of anxiety disorder the most common type of anxiety disorders are phobias. Phobias which means “fear” in Greek, is an excessive fear or anxiety to a situation or object.