Leave the Past Behind
"There can be a lot of different factors that could contribute to a man having performance anxiety but I would say that the most common is if he has experienced difficulty in the past," says Ducharme. Just one less-than-stellar performance can get into a guy's head, setting off anxiety. This is true even if there was an obvious and temporary cause, such as alcohol consumption. Once functioning goes wrong the first time, a man can find himself in a loop of anxiety and performance issues, which feed off each other.