Informative Speech Preparation Outline
General Purpose: To inform my audience about the phobia arachnophobia, its causes, and the symptoms and treatments.
Specific Purpose: After hearing my speech, the audience will know more about arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), its causes, and the symptoms and treatments of this phobia.
Central Idea: I will be discussing arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) and its effects on people who suffer from this phobia.
Introduction: What if I dropped a big hairy tarantula down the back of your shirt or took you on a ski lift so high in the air that you could barely make out people at the bottom? Would you shriek? Panic? Hyperventilate? How about collapse? For people that have phobias, all of these reactions could occur, causing them to feel extreme anxiety. Phobias are irrational, persistent fears of an object, situation, or social activity (White and Ciccarelli, 2013). Today I am going to talk about a very common phobia, arachnophobia or the fear of spiders, its causes, and the symptoms and treatments of this phobia. Many of you may fear spiders, but there is a big difference between fearing something and it becoming a phobia.
Transition: Let's review the causes of arachnophobia and how certain life events could have led to the formation of this phobia.
I. The causes of arachnophobia
A. Cultural backgrounds have been found to have an effect on having arachnophobia.
1. According to the website, www.allaboutcounseling.com, arachnophobia could potentially be caused by where someone grew up. People living in Northern Africa may have a phobia of large spiders, while people in South Africa eat large spiders and have no issue.