What’s the deal with people who get the butterflies before a public speech? I am more concerned with the physical aspect of this, not the psychological (even though they might be interrelated).
Why am I perfectly confident in myself, am plenty smart and speak well, and know the material I am about to speak about, and know for a fact that I have the ability to speak well in front of a group, and usually do very well speaking in front of a group, but i get all physically worked up with fast breathing and heart pumping away? I have pretty much learned to deal with these physical distractions. And whenever i speak, even though i have to fight being out of breath, I always do well and am more than confident before the speech. But, it’s as if my body thinks that it’s supposed to react in this way, physically. WHY??? It’s ridiculous! This even happens sometimes when i am about to talk to a very important person or something along those lines. I get all out of breath and my heart rate raises for no logical reason at all. I have a feeling this is more than just your normal, healthy “arousal” (psych. term i remembered from a college elective i took).
Is my brain just wired this way? Is this a genetic thing? Is this the type of thing that if someone has it, it stays for their whole life? Even when i was on a beta blocker medication for my heart (for no reason, my heart is and was fine), my heart still would get worked up. So, the adrenaline was still reaching the receptor on my heart to make it beat faster. Who knows?