|Originally posted by FastMan:
Develop skills and build confidence in easy/non threatening environments. If the student is focused on the fear they can't focus on the task. Skills can't be developed under such circumstances, confidence will not grow, fear will not dissipate.
Take baby steps and ease Nervous Nellies along. If you grab them by the britches and toss them in they may never come near the water again. Sometimes a little push while standing at the brink is what's called for, but you'd better be right if you choose that course.
That's exactly right! I know for a fact -- my wife told me the very same thing...
I recently had a similar experience, where *I myself* lost it when she balked at what I thought was not that steep. But to her it was steep enough to trigger the fear and partially lock up. I could see her over a 1 km away, coming down the hill, making two very short turns and stopping. Needless to say I was not very patient. Thank God she had the sense to turn her radio off! I got lucky.
Patience is the most desireable quality any instructor should have. Fear has many forms -- even former racers will shy away from the poles as they are no longer used to bashing them...