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Phobias: an intense, recurrent, unreasonable fear of a specific object or situation which leads to avoidance of the object or situation Simple Phobias (relatively rare) - an isolated fear of a single object or situation that results in avoidance miscellaneous category comprising irrational fears that don't fall under any other category. For example - claustrophobia Social Phobias - characterized by fear and embarrassment in dealings with others. Often the fear is that their anxiety will be seen by others. Examples: public speaking, eating in public, interpersonal relationship fears (asserting one's self, criticism, making a mistake, etc). 4. obsessive-compulsive obsessions: persistent, irrational thought that presses itself into awareness at odd times, idea that keeps returning * often involve doubt, hesitation, fear of contamination, or fear of one's own aggressions compulsion: action that is continually repeated, e.g., mother with obsession seeing herself stabbing
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Unformatted text preview: kids, leads to counting up knives, keeping them locked • most common compulsive behaviors: counting, ordering, checking, touching, and washing • some are purely mental rituals like reciting a series of magical numbers to ward off obsessive thoughts * Most Common Features: • obsession or compulsion keeps getting into awareness • feelings of anxiety or dread occurs if the act/thought is thwarted • seen as a separate being, not part of one's self, and is uncontrollable • person realizes how irrational their behavior is but can't stop • person feels the need to resist * variety of rituals is endless, but there are 4 main types of preoccupations: • checking - doors, stoves, etc. • cleaning - refuse to use public phones, restrooms, etc., vacuum all day long • slowness - can't get through other tasks - preoccupied with compulsion • doubting OR conscientiousness - even when something is done carefully they feel it was inadequate....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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