The use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques in treating performing musicians for stage fright represents a useful application to a chronically underserved population. Highly skilled performers occupy a tenuous niche in contemporary society—valued for their artistic skills, but often forced to endure economic deprivation, stressful working conditions, and inadequate medical and psychological care. A popular misconception for years about artistic individuals has in fact been that creativity and deprivation go hand in hand, as if to imply that improving the psychological well-being of a performer might somehow diminish the quality of his or her art.


Beck Anxiety Inventory Anticipatory Anxiety Performance Anxiety Anxiety Sensitivity Index Anxiety Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Salmon
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  1. 1.Arts in Medicine Program, Departments of Psychology and PsychiatryUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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