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Phobias: Justified or unrealistic? rleong@calpoly.edu Neidhart 12 February 29, 2008
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Phobias: Justified or unrealistic? The textbook defines a phobia as “an exaggerated, unrealistic fear of a specific situation, activity, or object”. However, the definition of a “phobia” to a person trying to deal with their fear is much more then exaggerated or unrealistic. A phobic person truly believes that whatever they are afraid of is quite real and completely justifiable in being fearful of. Phobias can range from anything from a fear of heights, to a fear of big words, or a fear of public speaking, and like this study, a fear of dentists. So what causes these fears? What makes people scared of things like public speaking? Should getting up in front of a crowd and just talking be the number one fear of the American people, even more feared then let’s say, death? The answer is no. Speaking in front of a group of people, something that most people do on a day-to-day basis should be completely normal, and yet it is the number one ranked phobia in the
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