Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: Maths phobia / anxiety?
Posted by GaryR55 on March 23 2010 04:13 PM
I agree. That's what I'm saying, in fact. In my case, it's a bit of both; i.e., it's caused by being confronted with a math problem I can't solve, in the first place, but then it's compounded by the fear I feel, due to the social fallout from not being able to solve the problem. My father, a civil engineer, expected me to come out of the womb knowing everything he did and when I didn't, he was terribly disappointed. He used to beat me, while drilling me with flash cards, if I got a wrong answer or if I said, "I don't know." This only reinforced my math anxiety, of course.
Knowing where the math anxiety and the social component of it begin and end is difficult to judge, but I do believe both are at work, simultaneously.
Gary, their is maths anxiety associated with Dyscalculia, which most Dyscalculics know and experience, when suddenly forced to do some mental maths in front of someone.
But their is a Maths Disorder that is solely due to Maths Anxiety or Phobia.
Where their Anxiety is the sole cause of their maths difficulties.
This is usually a result of a traumatic experience being associated with the maths in their early years.
So that thinking of maths/ numbers, brings back the traumatic feeling.
Though this is something that creates some confusion about the definition of Dyscalculia? Whether it should be included under the umbrella definition of Dyscalculia? Yet it is a valid Maths Disorder.