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Common Phobias (Sample Informative Prep Outline)

General Purpose: To inform.
Specific Purpose: After hearing my presentation, my listeners will be able to name and describe several common phobias.
Central Idea: The most common phobias fall into three main categories - social, survival, and environmental phobias.

Organizational Pattern: Topical

INTRODUCTION I. (Attention Material) Rose Marie had fears that she allowed to take control of her life. A. Fears, even small ones, can grow into phobias. B. Normal, rational fears can become problems. C. When these fears begin to dominate a portion of your life, they are called "phobias", which are defined by the American Psychological Association as "a strong, persistent, …show more content…

Now let's look at a second type of phobias.)

II. The second type of phobia is the survival phobia. A. A college student rides a three day train to school. 1. She is afraid of flying. 2. She has aerophobia. B. A businessman had to quit his job when his office moved to the thirty-second floor of a building. 1. He could not ride in an elevator. 2. He had claustrophobia. C. There are many more survival phobias. 1. Hypnophobia is the fear of sleep. 2. Electrophobia is the fear of electricity. 3. Thanatophobia is the fear of death.

III. The third, and broadest category of phobias, is the environmental phobia group. A. Howard Hughes had mysophobia, a fear of germs. B. A Brooklyn politician had a fear of newspapers and wet newsprint. 1. This hindered his career. 2. He learned to read the newspaper without actually touching it. C. There are several other environmental phobias. 1. The fear of storms has two subtypes. a. Keraunophobia is the fear of thunder. b. Astraphobia is the fear of lightning. 2. The fear of heights is acrophobia. 3. The fear of water is hydrophobia.

(Transition: Now that we've discussed these three categories of phobias, and some specific examples of each type, let's review what we've learned.)


I. (Summary of Main Points) There are three broad categories of phobias. A. Social phobias are those phobias that make it hard to

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