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Laliophobia or Lalophobia- Fear of speaking

At least once in our life, we have to speak in public but there are some who are extremely scared of speaking in public and manifest symptoms of severe anxiety and this is called Laliophobia or Lalophobia. It’s natural for many people to feel scared when talking in front of a group and many people do not like getting up in front of a crowd of people and talking. This fear could have been brought about by a traumatic experience in the past such as having to talk in public and making a mistake in pronunciation or was not able to convey what he or she was supposed to say and was humiliated in the process. Others might have been conditioned by their peers or friends that speaking in public is a really scary thing and they develop the phobia themselves.

Symptoms of Lalophobia include anxiety, dryness of mouth, loss of voice and perceived lump in the throat and nausea. These people avoid as much as possible speaking in public and many of them have become socially withdrawn.

Consulting a therapist is recommended to receive referrals or joining a speaking group to relate with others who also has the same phobia. Exercise can also help and practicing speeches for presentation will help one become more comfortable with speaking and slowly get over the fear.