Stage fright is a mystifying and unnerving experience for many performing musicians and often impedes professional and personal fulfillment. However, when some performers seek psychological treatment, it is not unusual for them to wish for a quick cure for a problem that is complex and long-standing.
As a psychoanalyst, I listen to people tell their personal stories through the use of words. As an audience member at a concert, I listen to musicians tell their stories through the use of music. This sometimes includes lyrics but often does not In both scenarios, I often find myself affected by strong feelings.