I'm here to tell you that MATH ANXIETY is a real phenomena. Whenever the subject of math comes up many people severally dread anything that espouses anything to do with math whatsoever. It brings legitimate fear and anxiety to people.
If this sounds like you don't worry you're not alone. But let me reassure you its not something that you have to live with. It almost sounds silly... fear and anxiety coming from math, but I understand how and why many people suffer from this.
I believe that most anxiety comes from the fact that people just don't want to be seen as "stupid" or "dumb." When engaging with math problems it can be easy to be overcome with these type of feelings because we naturally want to seek the "right" answers, especially on tests! However, we don't always need to find the "right" answers. Now, I'm not saying the right answer isn't important what I am saying is that the right answer is less important than the process of getting there. Thomas Edison while inventing the light was very unsuccessful failing more frequently then succeeding but he was quoted as saying:
"I DIDN'T FAIL. I JUST FOUND 2,000 WAYS NOT TO MAKE A LIGHTBULB; I ONLY NEEDED TO FIND ONE WAY TO MAKE IT WORK."
This is the way I approach maths. Sometimes I like find many ways not to answer a problem and I use those failed attempts as a way to help me answer problems. When I approach anything to do with math I do so with two preconceived assumptions: 1) I may not get the right answer on the first try and that is OK and 2) I may not have the knowledge to answer the question therefore I need to find out what I lack to answer the question.
When this topic of math anxiety comes up I always remember a quote that one of my math professors came up with:
"Its not your job as students to know all the rights answers rather its your job know the right questions to ask."
The phenomena of math anxiety is one that I hope to help you break down by making you feel more comfortable engaging in and with math problems. After all we use math everyday whether you realize it or not. We handle money, we tell time, we estimate, we cook, countless examples of daily activities require us to use math. I want to help you get over this math anxiety because math isn't something you should fear.