How Phobias Affect People And How Can Overcome Their Phobia

883 Words Oct 13th, 2015 4 Pages
Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will know how phobias affect people and how to overcome their phobia.
I. Introduction
a. Imagine being so afraid of something that you try everything in your power to avoid it. For example, someone who fears spiders is not going to walk that trail that leads into a wooded area and you can almost guarantee that the person who isn’t too fond of heights isn’t going to walk across that tall bridge. If you ask these people why they won’t partake in these activates, they would probably respond with “I don’t want to” or “I’m afraid to”. Sure most, if not all, of us are afraid of something. I’m not thrilled to be standing up in front of everyone giving a speech, but here I stand.
b. If your fear prevents you from doing certain activates, then it isn’t just a fear, it is actually a phobia. In 2013, Patterson wrote that, “A phobia is described as a chronic and extreme fear of an object or situation out of proportion to the danger actually presented by the feared “thing.” (p. 58).
c. I find this description to be most accurate because I, at one point in my life, had a phobia. The phobia I had is called coasterphobia and if the name isn’t a dead giveaway, it is the fear of rollercoasters. At that time, you could have offered me five hundred dollars to get on a rollercoaster and I would have turned it down without hesitation. It wasn’t until about three years ago that I overcame my phobia and now I absolutely love roller coasters.
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