Math Anxiety

Can't do math? Find out more about math anxiety.

In a 1972 study, Robinson and Simone defined math anxiety as "feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of problems in a wide variety of ordinary life and academic situations." Some common reactions of math anxiety are: "blocking out," "tension," "panic," "paranoia," "tune out," "guilt," "physical reactions" and "avoidance."

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