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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

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, and irrational fear which is elicited by a specific stimulus or situation."

II.(Significance/Motivation Material) It is common for stimuli in daily life to arouse fear within a person.
A.The average man has about two phobias.
B.The average woman has 3-4 phobias.
III.(Preview) Today, I would like to inform you about some common phobias, which I have placed into three categories: social phobias, survival phobias, and environmental phobias.
IV.(Credibility/Qualification Material) I did not think I had any phobias.
A.I was interested in the subject.
B.Through research, I found that I have at least two phobias.

(Transition:Now that I’ve given you a basic definition of what a phobia is, I'd like to discuss phobias in three categories, beginning with the most important - social phobias.)


I.The most important main category is social phobias.
A.The dominant social phobia is agoraphobia.
1.Its victims cannot function in society.
2.Its victims never leave home.
B.Another social phobia is school phobia.
1.Children often inherit these fears.
2.These children fear leaving home.
C.Many other phobias have social origins.
1.Erythrophobia is the fear of blushing.
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