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I have a rather embarrassing problem, I’m raiding, the heat is on, I’m excited, maybe to excited, no one calls for it but yet I can’t help it, my body goes into over drive and I prematurely use heroism. My leader has been sympathetic so far but I can tell she is getting frustrated with my performance, how can I solve this issue and fully satisfy my team.
Sad Shaman – Exodar
I fully sympathise with your plight, let us address exactly what this is and why it happens to so many Shaman over Azeroth and beyond.
Definitions of premature heroism have ranged from “casting within six spells” to “casting within two minutes” and even “casting before your leader says”.
A simpler definition is that if you cast before you want to and you feel you”re not able to control it, then you”re suffering from premature heroism (or PH for short).
Bear in mind that most Shamans will cast sooner than they”d like on some occasions, particularly if under stress or in situations of very high excitement.
Some Shamans may only suffer from PH when they”re raiding. Some feel they cast too quickly whatever the stimulation. Others feel they have little control even when they”re alone perhaps with a training dummy.
Shamans with PH aren”t able to recognise what is called the “point of inevitability”. This is a sensation that occurs just a few moments before heroism. Shamans who don”t suffer from PH are able to recognise this sensation and stop until the urgency has subsided.
Most commonly, Shamans who suffer from PH will have had it throughout their raiding life and won”t ever have noticed this “point of inevitability”. There are a number of reasons why this might have happened. It may be that initially, raiding was always rushed or was associated with feelings of guilt or anxiety.
Sometimes Shaman become quick heroism casters because of leader pressure to “get it over and done with”. Whatever the original cause, the body gets used to responding quickly and rapid heroism becomes the norm.
There are a number of things you can do to help yourself to recognise the point of inevitability. You might choose to practise alone at first, then discuss it with your leader and ask them to help you overcome this problem.
Relax: This is the most important thing you can do. Listen to some whale song, have a nice relaxing bath perhaps with some frost lotus in it.
Tackle relationship issues: Be sure that your head and heart are in the mood for raiding as well as your body. If you”re unhappy about something with your leader then sort it out first.
Exercise your heroism muscles: Many men say they are able to delay heroism by squeezing or pushing their heroism muscles.
Stop and start: This is the most common technique used in therapy. Practise stimulating yourself to the point just before Heroism, then stop. Start again when the
sensations have subsided. Repeat this three times. You should find the length of time before each stop gets gradually longer.
Gnome therapy: Recent research has uncovered that ensuring a gnome is present in your raid can substantially reduce the chances of premature heroism, just make sure you are positioned next to them during the encounter. Some side effects have been recorded such as gagging and increased foot reflex action but if the PH is severe it may be a solution.
I hope this information has helped and want to wish you the best of luck in coming to terms with and solving your problem.