Thesis Statement: We all feel that strange feeling when things are a little bit… creepy. So what causes these feelings and how does it happen?
Organizational Pattern: topical
A. Attention Getter: You’re alone,outside at night on a misty path and you suddenly get the feeling that you’re being watched, or that there’s someone or something, right behind you, you can feel its breath down your neck. You turn around to see, nothing. Yet you’re still left with this feeling of uneasiness.
B. Introduce the topic: This is known as a creepy feeling, or the creeps, and it’s caused by uncertainty, and vagueness.
C. State the thesis: We all feel that strange feeling when things are a little bit… creepy. So what causes these feelings and how does it happen?
D. Preview: In the next few minutes I will go over why, and how, that creepy feeling works, and also the related types.
A. To understand how these creepy feelings work, we must first understand how fear works and how it’s linked to these.
1. Fear is the feeling we get when we are faced with danger, or potentially dangerous scenarios. The want to avoid specific things. It makes sense. At one point, we needed fear in order to survive. The fight or flight reflex is an unconscious defense mechanism that was able to initiate movement at the sight of something dangerous.Most phobias that people have, (arachnophobia, ophidiophobia: snakes, acrophobia: heights) refer to bad experiences from the past, but some, acrophobia for example, relates back to the creepy unknown vagueness. Most people with acrophobia don’t fear the plane, they fear crashing in a plane, even though most have not ever been in a crash.
2. Thalamus: Sends incoming information to the Sensory Cortex.
Sensory Cortex: Interprets the data sent by the Thalamus.
Hippocampus: Retrieves memory associated with the data. This could be negative memories or positive ones...