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How to Deal with Test Anxiety when Sitting for the Bar for the Fourth Time

26 Aug

Hi, Belleruth.

This summer, I sat once more for the bar exam. I have always been a terrible test taker and for me, passing the bar is the ultimate, terrifying test. 

There I was, facing the Boogey Man after several failed attempts, complete with racing pulse, intense sweats and nausea.  I always knew the material, but I would get so inundated with stress and fear, I couldn’t access it.

Only this time, with the help of a very wise therapist, I figured out that in my past tries, I had never given myself the tools I needed to succeed.

I had used your guided imagery for depression last year with surprising success. It left me amazed at the impact this technique could have. I decided to use guided imagery to help me sit for the bar. 

For weeks I listened dedicatedly to the guided imagery for Self-Confidence and Peak Performance, as well as the imagery for Panic Attacksso I could have the tools to manage and overcome the anxiety that usually overwhelms my thinking process. 

I still haven’t gotten my results back yet, but this experience was very different from the preceding ones, and I’m very hopeful. Not only did I NOT drown in a tsunami of anxiety, but I felt OKAY. My brains were working. I felt clear and focused. The answers were mostly there, and I could access them. What a difference! I honestly think I passed. And if I didn’t this time, I know how I will next. My dream is within reach – this much I know.

You’ll be the first to know.  


Marianne O’Connor

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award