Butterflies in the Stomach

Butterflies in the Stomach


What is it?

Butterflies in the stomach is a physical sensation, commonly described as a “fluttery” feeling in the stomach.

Why does this happen?

Well, it depends who you ask and what perspective they take.

  • Biologically, butterflies in the stomach is caused by a reduction in blood flow to the organ.
  • Psychologically, butterflies are a response to anxiety, worry, and a general feeling of being nervous based on our internal self-talk and beliefs.
  • Socially, butterflies occur in response to real, perceived or imagined fear, such as anticipating embarrassment in a social situation, being put in the hot-seat or receiving too much positive or negative attention in a social situation, such as at work or at a gathering; being treated in a way that signals you are not good enough, less-than or not meeting expectations; and a general fear of not being accepted or realizing that one is being or about to be rejected by someone.