How to deal with Telephobia?

Telephobia or phone-phobia has become a major problem for introverts and ambiverts of this generation. Telephobia primarily refers to the tendency of being scared to take or make phone calls. It does not take place in one day. The fear takes time to become a disorder. It is a gradual process through which the anxiety makes its root in an individual and makes them nervous to have conversations on phone.

Introverts, who already have a hard time taking initiatives in making conversations are more likely to have this disorder. A constant fear of forming sentences correctly , the fear of whether or not they would be able to answer properly to the other person, or saying something inappropriate are the most common fears telephonic people face. The amount varies from person to person and everyone faces it in a different way. For some people it is something that is not serious and they can easily get over it if they want to. At the same time, it becomes a huge problem for many people who start ignoring important calls on a daily basis that affects their personal and professional life.

However, a few preparatory steps can be taken in order to make the phone conversations better and less exhausting.

1. Maintain a script

This may sound unusual but having a script prepared before making or taking a phone call can actually make a huge difference in the conversation. If not a detailed and descriptive write-up, a few points can also be helpful for people who feel really nervous to take phone calls. Supposed questions are to be kept in mind and their answers can be jotted down as bullet points in order to have successful phone conversations.

2. Practice with close friends

Telephobic people find it really intimidating to talk to unknown people on phone, therefore, the exercise to have small talks and conversations with people they are comfortable with can be a good start. Those people would already be aware of their issue and hence it they would be extra cooperative. Once the habit of talking on phone enhances, it will be less awkward and way more comfortable to have phone conversations.

3. Maintain flexible gestures

Many people often tend to have a static and stiff attitude while having a phone conversation. It really makes the conversation more awkward and less spontaneous. Telephobic people however, have to start maintaining a flexible and fluid body movement in order to have a better conversation. A smile, flexible hand gestures can really go a long way and make the conversation way better.

4. Mirror conversations

Many people tend to find having a mirror conversation helpful. Before making a phone call, practicing a bit in front of the mirror of talking on phone while having a mirror in front of them can be really helpful and make a huge difference in maintaining a good conversation.

These are some of the basic methods that can be taken up by people who tend to suffer from telephobia. However, those who suffer from extreme anxiety or nervousness would be recommended to visit a psychiatrist for it may lead to different dangerous consequences if not taken care properly.

-Suvasree Bandyopadhyay.

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