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This is a discussion on and public speaking? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; nearly all my public speaking has been with the intent of helping others (whether a teaching demo, sharing something I've ...

  1. #11
    INFJ - The Protectors

    nearly all my public speaking has been with the intent of helping others (whether a teaching demo, sharing something I've found inspirational, etc) so I think that side of it has helped balance my desire to blend into the woodwork. I was a naturally expressed speaker as a small kid (was the MC at my preschool graduation and acted in many school plays) so I do know that the nervousness is a social construct and not really something true to my inner nature.
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  2. #12
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Haha...I used to get physically sick whenever I have to make oral presentations. Now I just get really nervous and chatty...and feverish. But not to the point where I have to be sent to the nurse's office.

    I dislike public speaking!
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  3. #13
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    I have to agree with the very few on here that dislike public speaking. I had to do a lot of speaking when I was a Freshman in highschool and I was terrified, but my teacher said that with each presentation, I was getting better. But I could not see it. Because all I remember while I was doing those presentations, was not to throw up in class or pass out and freak them out.

    Just last semester I decided to take a Speech class in college and before I could even open the door to the class, I hyperventilated and almost passed out. I went home after that and dropped the class the next day.
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  4. #14
    INFJ - The Protectors

    so, this morning I got pulled up on stage to participate in a panel discussion for our new school. I'd declined to do it earlier because it's been a rough couple of weeks and I didn't feel up for having a coherent discussion in public but my friend who was doing it (actually, all the participants are friends of mine) needed moral support 'cause she was a wreck about it.

    Anyway, this thread had me thinking about the experience (while it was happening and after) and I realized that when I was answering a specific question from a specific person, that I would look at that person and it was much easier to think and speak and I didn't feel nervous at all, but when it was a general question that everyone on the panel was answering, I felt flustered and rambled. It was on a topic I am passionate about - our new school is a homeschool hybrid (half in class - half independent study) and the panel was homeschoolers talking about it with the people who are coming from classroom experiences - which made it much easier to talk about but it was still really hard talking to a room of people with no focus on helping out anyone in particular or having no relationship with them. Of course, now that I'm thinking of it, I remember that there was someone I know who was videotaping at the back that I should have focused on =P
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  5. #15
    INFJ - The Protectors

    I like public speaking also...unless there are hundreds of people out there.

    It's nervewracking if you spend a lot of time thinking about it; but if you are prepared and you just go up there and do it - and refuse to let your mind pedal through all the unknown territory ahead of time and dream up all the roadblocks and traffic hazards that might await you in that territory - it's a lot of fun. But, if you're like me, you'll still suddenly notice yourself shaking once you sit down after giving the speech. What is it with feeling nervous AFTERWARDS?!? lol
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  6. #16
    INFJ - The Protectors

    I hate public speaking. I had to do a lot of those when I was in college. My face would turn red! Ahhh and then I would talk way too fast which cause me to forget what I was going to say. Then I start sweating a bit. I have an anxiety when I'm center of attention. I do not like it at all :/
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  7. #17
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by seastallion View Post
    What is it with feeling nervous AFTERWARDS?!? lol
    Seriously!! I have this experience when I'm driving home after being out and talking with lots of other people, it's the strangest thing and I have really been trying to figure out what is up with it. Am I feeling ashamed or embarrassed after being so extroverted and chatty or is it that I was picking up on everyone else's energy and now I'm shaking it off?? I even just wrote a note to myself about this to discuss it with my (INFP) therapist to get her take on it. It's so strange to me.
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  8. #18
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by rubelin View Post
    Seriously!! I have this experience when I'm driving home after being out and talking with lots of other people, it's the strangest thing and I have really been trying to figure out what is up with it. Am I feeling ashamed or embarrassed after being so extroverted and chatty or is it that I was picking up on everyone else's energy and now I'm shaking it off?? I even just wrote a note to myself about this to discuss it with my (INFP) therapist to get her take on it. It's so strange to me.
    Seriously i think it's just your body still on the adrenaline rush. when you are in any stressful situation - whether the stress is emotional or physical - your body's defense mechanism kicks in, otherwise known as the "fight-or-flight" response. this inbuilt response is meant to give you the ability to deal with a crisis situation, and thus protect yourself. stress triggers your body's siren (hypothalamus) to go off, and all the emergency vehicles/personnel equipped to handle the crisis (a.k.a., the hormones adrenaline, cortisol, and others) come running to help. you see, stress is dangerous to the body, so the body reacts to a stressful situation the same way 911, firetrucks, and ambulances react to an emergency. that "nervousness" you feel is actually the effect of adrenaline pumping in your system - a lot of it can make you shake (just like coffee can make the world seem like it's shaking, a fact to which PerC's @Happy can attest, lol).

    my guess would be that having to spend all that time interacting with others is highly stressful (emotionally) for you, and your body is reacting to that stress with the fight-or-flight response. obviously i'm no doctor so your therapist would better be able to tell you what is going on.

    if you're interested, check out this link for more about the body's stress response:
    Stress: Constant stress puts your health at risk - MayoClinic.com

    i'm incurably fascinated with anything medical (used to work in that field), but i realize not everyone else is, so please forgive me if this bored you to death.
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  9. #19
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by seastallion View Post
    Seriously i think it's just your body still on the adrenaline rush. when you are in any stressful situation - whether the stress is emotional or physical - your body's defense mechanism kicks in, otherwise known as the "fight-or-flight" response. this inbuilt response is meant to give you the ability to deal with a crisis situation, and thus protect yourself. stress triggers your body's siren (hypothalamus) to go off, and all the emergency vehicles/personnel equipped to handle the crisis (a.k.a., the hormones adrenaline, cortisol, and others) come running to help. you see, stress is dangerous to the body, so the body reacts to a stressful situation the same way 911, firetrucks, and ambulances react to an emergency. that "nervousness" you feel is actually the effect of adrenaline pumping in your system - a lot of it can make you shake (just like coffee can make the world seem like it's shaking, a fact to which PerC's @Happy can attest, lol).

    my guess would be that having to spend all that time interacting with others is highly stressful (emotionally) for you, and your body is reacting to that stress with the fight-or-flight response. obviously i'm no doctor so your therapist would better be able to tell you what is going on.

    if you're interested, check out this link for more about the body's stress response:
    Stress: Constant stress puts your health at risk - MayoClinic.com

    i'm incurably fascinated with anything medical (used to work in that field), but i realize not everyone else is, so please forgive me if this bored you to death.
    *absolutely fascinated with anything medical also*

    Oh, that makes sense! Haha, I remember in 7th grade when I learned about the hormones I finally understood that what made me nervous/scared/angry was adrenaline. Then whenever I got that feeling like some invisible liquid was pouring over me and I started shaking, I thought "Oh no...adrenaline rush >__<" I wish it didn't hit me so hard, it's like I'm losing my mind, ahah...
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  10. #20
    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsuki View Post
    *absolutely fascinated with anything medical also*

    Oh, that makes sense! Haha, I remember in 7th grade when I learned about the hormones I finally understood that what made me nervous/scared/angry was adrenaline. Then whenever I got that feeling like some invisible liquid was pouring over me and I started shaking, I thought "Oh no...adrenaline rush >__<" I wish it didn't hit me so hard, it's like I'm losing my mind, ahah...
    LOL i know what you mean, @Tsuki!! i love that "empowered" feeling though. sometimes it's the only time i have very much energy, lol.

    i am really glad you are interested in medicine too. maybe one day we can start a thread on the INFJ forum for all of us medicine buffs !!
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