Interpretation and coping with test anxiety
Suppose you believe that you ought to be relaxed during a test. You are convinced that this is how you should feel for a test, otherwise you will end up facing a "nerve racking situation".
But, everyone will be nervous during a test. Sweating, slight trembling, dry throat, etc. are well-known phenomena. You might interpret these symptoms as a sign that you are not doing well during the test, thereby increasing stress, which can in its turn be interpreted as an additional sign of approaching disaster. We now find ourselves in a vicious circle, based upon a misconception.
  • some examples of conceptions related to worry.

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