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This class had forced me to examine the emotional effects one's negative thinking has in influencing the ability to adopt a situation that originally may be perceived as fear. My very first obstacle on this course was to acknowledge to myself that I'd created my own fear of mathematics. I had fully produced what I now see to be a massive challenge. The inevitable had finally arrived. I had postponed my taking this math course for near ten years. I was currently at age 29 sitting at a mathematics class I had avoided through out my collegial career. So here I was, fighting in the start, before a math problem even being placed on the board. I was struggling with the bigger problem of dread. I was automatically, subconsciously closing off any skill I might have experienced in dealing with this thing called mathematics. I had in the start condition my mind to press pause when the topic of mathematics was mentioned. However I had one thing going for me, it was my determination to make it through this course. I now reflect on the simple fact that when working on my pre-assignment, the sensation of fear was minimal, I concluded that it had been it was because I was at home alone in a non-intimidating atmosphere. How would I replicate this relaxation in a classroom full of other students? This question, I now understood was the origin of all my fears, I was deathly scared to seem 'dumb' in front of others. I will never forget that very first afternoon, I was finally located in course and Ms. Most asked the class to explain wha...