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Running head: Week 4 Team Paper 1 Public Speaking Phobia Paper Boris Jumper, Ilah Hardesty, Isabel Nevarez, Shaniz Beza PSYCH/645 February 12, 2018 Dr. Adrian Fletcher
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Week 4 Team Paper 2 Public Speaking Phobia Paper Fears and Phobias of Public Speaking It is an art to stand up in front of people and just speak. It can come naturally and as one progresses through their careers and the simplicities of life, public speaking will be a part of it at some point. In Bill’s case, he was obviously promoted because of good work not because of his public speaking abilities. He has to learn and even digest the pathology that goes with it. It can be quite devastating for someone to be judged and looked at while they speak. It will be in Bill’s best interest to learn whatever he can to release whatever anxiety over comes him as he is now required to speak publicly as a condition of his job. It may be prudent for Bill to consider some therapies that might assist his phobia of public speaking. The Fear of public speaking tends to relate something that happened in one’s past as oppose to a phobia that is actually an irrational fear that has not substance. When someone who has a phobia, like public speaking, stands in front of a crowd, they will be nervous and during the speaking, their physiological attributes that were causing their anxiety start to subside. This is not the case for someone with an actual fear of public speaking. They will remain in this state of fear, physiologically, because there is an actual substantive cause to their fear. Bill’s anxiety can cost him his livelihood. In this paper we shall take a look at the different modalities analyzing what Public Speaking Phobia is and its behaviors with certain individuals. Describe Bill’s Phobia: Speech Anxiety Bill’s case is unique, however many people suffer from this kind of disorder or at least something related to it on another level. This case is commonly known as speech anxiety. Speech anxiety can be defined as a person becoming over worried or concerned when they must speak and or perform in public. Those who suffer from this disorder are afraid that they may look dumb
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Week 4 Team Paper 3 or silly in front of people and that they will be judged and made fun of. In the case of Bill, his anxiety goes beyond a point of just being nervous (Stage Fright, 2003). Some people suffering from speech anxiety may only get slightly nervous when speaking in front of crowds but Bill becomes paralyzed in a way with fear. Along with the fears that Bill is experiencing, there are also emotional and physical reactions that on many levels can affect how Bill performs in a very serious way and ultimately cause him to be unsuccessful (Stage Fright, 2003). This type of disorder can lead to other problems both personally and professionally as well. Some of these symptoms as mentioned before can be something like an upset stomach or butterfly feeling, sweating, stuttering, increase rate of heart beat, dry mouth, and a squeaky voice. Bill’s fear of
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