Communication Apprehension

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  • Trepidation about communicating. This may be the most common fear in America. In 1999, the National Communication Association found that less than 25% of all Americans are comfortable communicating. Communication apprehension ranges in severity from mild nervousness to disabling phobia. The stronger the communication apprehension, the less likely the person is to communicate. Communication apprehension may be restricted to specific contexts, such as asking for a date, interviewing for a job, talking to someone in authority, chatting at a party where one does not know anybody, meeting new people, speaking up in a group, or formal, public-speaking situations.

    In the public context, communication apprehension manifests itself in the form of stage fright. Stage fright may be the most prevalent phobia in the United States. The Bruskin ...

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