Fear Of Public Speaking

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Juan Castillo
Mrs. Gray
ENGL 1301.083
22 Nov 2017
Fear of Public Speaking “According to Turner, Beidel, Dancu, and Keys (1986), 83% of the social phobics felt their fears interfered with academics by deterring speaking in class, joining clubs or athletic teams, acquiring leadership positions, and general participation in campus life,” assess G.D. Lawm, et al (214). College can be a very intimidating setting with new classes, people, and relationships to develop every semester starting day one when professors use “ice breakers” which most of us dread and forcing people to introduce themselves. This can be especially challenging for students who fear speaking in public. There are however, treatments used to help diminish the fear of public …show more content…

(Lombardo, 1988) G.D Lawm, et al. 215. Practicing allows everyone to go in front of a class and do a speech with two psychologists evaluating the individual and providing positive observation feedback of the student’s behavior while s(he) is giving a speech. This would allow the student to re-configure their speech and gain courage. The student would go through a series of steps with the next assignment being more difficult than the last with their minutes being increased making the students raise their anxiety levels but still be given support to continue the study, gain confidence and overall rid the fear. This exposure combined with feedback is an effective way of diminishing that fear. Technology can “provide an exact replica of the anxiety-producing situation for the subject, which is impossible to do in the real world. Many researchers have shown that VR is successful in reducing the fear of public speaking”. analyzes Lee et al. (191). There are two techniques to develop the treatment. The first is the model-based which is made with virtual models with limited data and non-realistic motions. The second is the movie-based technique which uses real audiences. With each audience being shot individually, makes it possible to manipulate the virtual audience to compose many more settings. This would give the student a more realistic environment where a therapist is able to configure each audience member with nine different positive actions such as

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