Social Phobia Outline
A. Puking, crying, a stuttering voice, a racing heart, sweating, and blushing. How many of you have skipped class or acted like you were sick just to get out of a speech? Or, better yet, who here has seen someone in a store that you know, and avoided that person just so you didn’t have to talk to them?
B. Well, today I will be telling you a little bit about social phobia.
C. Social phobia is the 3rd largest mental health care problem in the world today, and 7% of the population suffers from some form of social anxiety disorder, according to socialphobia.org. I am going to go over a few things to help you get a better understanding of this disorder.
D. First, I’ll be talking about what social phobia is and what it does to you. Next, is how social phobia happens and how it is triggered, and finally, how you can treat and overcome this phobia.
Transition: So, first let’s get to know a little bit about social phobia and what it is.
I. A lot of people have social phobia, actually pretty much all of us do, but most people don’t know what it really is.
A. According to, the Journal of Clinical Psychology, published in April of 2012, social phobia can be characterized as affecting social functioning as well as vocal performance.
B. Some studies in the past have found out that socially anxious people tend to have less years of study and more days off from school and work, because of the anxiety of interacting with others.
C. Results were reported in a paper by Knappe, in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, published in 2009. It surveyed 3,021 people. This is the average out of both male and females. (show picture) As you can see, talking and speaking in front of others, and taking tests are in the top 3 with public speaking being number 2.
D. In easy terms, the definition of social phobia is the fear of being judged or ridiculed by others; fear of being embarrassed in public....