60% of People with Presentation Nerves Have Been Subjected to Significant Bullying

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According to a new report published today from The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, bullying could be a significant factor in developing presentation nerves in adult life.

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Paul Howard hypnotherapist - anxiety specialist

There is no doubt in my mind that bullying has a profound effect on the self-confidence of children as they grow, affecting many issues in their adult life

Presentation nerves are a form of specific social phobia that affects a large percentage of the working population.

A new report highlights that, in a study of previous clients that had hypnotherapy for presentation nerves, 60% of the subjects had experienced significant bullying as a child.

The report defined bullying as repeated, aggressive behaviour, meant to hurt another individual, physically mentally or emotionally.

Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.

They included bullying if it was from any source including parents, siblings, friends and school. To qualify, the bullying had to be happening for a period of at least 3 months.

Paul Howard, anxiety specialist at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Marketing Director at the National Council for Hypnotherapy, said “Bullying often features prominently with many anxieties, not just presentation nerves but also particularly when we are using hypnotherapy for confidence. There is no doubt in my mind that bullying has a profound effect on the self-confidence of children as they grow, affecting many issues in their adult life.”

According to Wikipedia, bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. The behaviour can be habitual and involve an imbalance of social or physical power. It can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.

The UK currently has no legal definition of bullying, while some U.S. states have laws against it.

Bullying ranges from simple one-on-one bullying to more complex bullying in which the bully may have one or more "lieutenants" who may seem to be willing to assist the primary bully in his or her bullying activities.

People with presentation nerves often find they lead ‘normal’ lives and can get along fine in most social situations. However, when needed to give a presentation at work or in their private lives they find they go to pieces. They dry up, can’t think of anything to say, feel stupid, embarrassed and humiliated.

However, the problem of presentation nerves is limited to this specific setting, and is therefore nowhere near as debilitating a problem as general social phobia.

Social phobia is actually the third most prevalent psychiatric disorder, following only depression and alcohol dependence. It is thought that social phobia affects approximately 2% of the population at any time. However, it is also believed that 90% of people with social phobia are misdiagnosed so the problem of social phobia is thought to be much larger than current statistics show. Some experts believe that presentation nerves can affect as many as 15% of the population.

The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy is committed to raising awareness to the help that hypnotherapy for anxiety can bring to sufferers. It is far cheaper and more sensible to remove the anxiety at the source than to relieve the symptom in the short term using drugs.
For most people the main question in their mind is does hypnotherapy work? However, with the amount of research available showing the efficacy of hypnotherapy with anxiety, the question they should be asking is how quickly will it work?

Paul Howard has been practising hypnotherapy at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Wallington, Surrey for over 11 years. He specialises in hypnotherapy for anxiety and psoriasis and is a Fellow and the Marketing Director for the National Council for Hypnotherapy.

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