According to the site Platonic Realms, math anxiety is "a feeling of intense frustration or helplessness about one's ability to do math." From my experience as a math instructor, I have seen many students feeling incapable of doing mathematics, no matter what they try to overcome it (e.g. studying more hours, tutoring, interactive course materials, etc.). It is unfortunate seeing undergraduate students who cannot finish degree requirements due to their math anxieties. I often cannot believe how students allow their fears and dislikes about math hinder the pursuit of their goals and dreams.
One of the possible causes for math anxiety is unpleasant learning experiences students had during their schooling years. Another cause is the disabling belief that learning math is only for the "natutally gifted person." Math anxiety also often occurs with those students who wants to learn and do math in a quick fashion. Students lacking basic skills usually show signs of math anxiety.
I will like to ask my readers to post a comment by answering the following questions: Do you like learning and doing mathematics? Why or why not? Have you ever felt math anxiety? If you did, how you handled it? Can you pinpoint when these anxieties started? If you did not, what are the reasons for not experiencing math anxiety? Do you have any suggestions for those who experience math anxiety?