number phobia

May 4, 2012 5:38am CST
I have a difficulty in dealing numbers. I want to learn more about math but because of my fear, I could hardly understand it. Every time my teachers call my name to answer a certain problem, I get nervous. What are the things I should do in order to overcome my fear?
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• United States
4 May 12
Math is the simplest subject in the world, because there is usually only one answer for each problem. The first thing you should do is brush up on your basics, to build more confidence. If you can elaborate more on what kind of math is troubling you I can go into more detail.
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• Philippines
4 May 12
I loved Math, but I can't say I'm a genius on it. I'm surprised with your first statement, Philly. I can't see Math being a simple subject. But, I do agree about having only one solution to a question or problem. It's true that the basics may have been the issue here. One can't do well with the advanced level if they can't perfect the basics. That's a very good advice.
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• United States
4 May 12
Math is simple compared to diplomacy. With math 1+1 always equals 2, but with diplomacy 1+1 could equal peace or war, and it depends on how you handle the situation.
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8 May 12
Absolutely true. But the question is how can I overcome the fear of numbers. Maybe I am not afraid of the number itself but the truth is I am afraid if my answer is correct or not.
@flagella08 (5069)
• Philippines
5 May 12
i don't usually put too much stress on math even though i can't claim that i am an expert on that. math anxiety is not unusual and you're not alone with that. Math phobia is a condition that you have the power to change, if you so desire. It is a learned behavior; you can change it!Just be aware of what you know and of what you don't know. Keep practicing the concepts and problems presented in the classroom and in the textbook even though you're not in school anymore.as what the famous adage stated that practice makes everything perfect. Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk. Having a negative attitude is an obstacle that does not need to prevent you from succeeding. Be mindful of what you are saying to yourself. Develop positive affirmations such as "I will succeed in this course!" or "I love math!" to counteract any negative feelings you may have about your abilities or about math itself.goodluck in your new math endeavor, pal!