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When you experience performance anxiety, it is undigested experiences of fear from your past being triggered and replaying. It is not about just the present performance or audition, even though it FEELS like it is happening now. With NeurOptimal® dynamical neurofeedback training, we can cue the brain to the fact that IT is generating its own suffering events, in this case performing anxiety. And since it is a highly sophisticated energy conserving system, it can learn to stop doing that because it is not forwarding its survival agenda. Your brain can learn to spend more time in the present moment. And honestly, survival actually demands more on relaxation, since all true creativity and problem solving are done best in a tranquil state. This has always been known by the ancient masters! Panic and anxiety are not conducive to problem solving or artistic endeavor.
Most people live in some form of panic and do not know it. So any stress can send them over the top instantly. We can see this happening in the spectograph (second image below) in real time when we have sensors hooked up to the individuals cranium. In real time, we can see that they are, for instance, ruminating about the past or catastrophising about the future. We can see when they are generating the same exact thoughts that they generated yesterday. We can see when their system is relaxing or going into fight or flight.
With the particular non-linear, dynamical type of neurofeedback approach that I use with performing artists, we never push the brain to do what we feel is good for it as most the neurofeedback systems are designed to accomplish. We provide it information in real time about its energy expenditure, moment to moment, and this helps your brain to renormalize itself based on its innate intelligence, energy conservation, and survival capability. Performers begin to notice that they are less prone to be taken out by triggers and more able to remain present and deal with the situation moment to moment to moment be it auditioning performing or whatever is happening.
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