A Phobia is as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as “any obsessing or morbid fear or dread” (911). Ten percent of all people have an anxiety disorder, or phobia, at some point in their lives and have had no treatment for their problem. (The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties 1). Sigmund Frued, the founder of psychoanalysis, thought that what people feared served as a symbol for some other fear. Usually, the other fear results from an even that may have occurred earlier in one’s life and had been repressed or forgotten. The person doesn’t now what the original fear is. But it produces feelings of anxiety which, Frued Attributes, to the object for which one now has the phobia. (Encyclopedia America 354). Sometimes in treating phobias, doctors help the patient recall the incident that originally produced the fear. There is no real reason why some people become phobic: it can spontaneously happen to anyone at anytime, yet can be treated.


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There are nine sources, all of which will be useless in developing the thesis, that include five articles, three books, and a dictionary. Five articles, namely “When fear takes over”. “Everyone does it”, “Social Anxiety”, “The
fight to conquer fear”, and “Adam: A Child’s Courageous Battle Against Mental Illness.” Will be of no value in supporting the thesis. The facts in these sources are almost scarcely useful in supporting the thesis. However, the first article completely discusses a persons struggle with schizophrenia and the way in which the person tries to overcome the obstacle. The second useless article is about a child named Adam who is courageous in overcoming his battle. The next article deals with loneliness and how it effects people in general. The fourth article talks about how everyone worries; again another specific topic in which is useless for this paper. Finally the last article deals with feat, but has no mention about phobias in any way shape or form. All in all the amount of information that I found in these five sources was so minute and irrelevant that I found it, overall, entirely useless. More limited sources I found are these books: Fears and Phobias Fighting Back, What are you afraid of?, and The courage to be. These books aren’t all entirely useless, but contain so few facts it’s hard to use them for supporting the thesis. These books inform me how to
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overcome fears and deal with being afraid. This is not what I need to know. These books have many chapters and are fairly old. Also, there are no references in any of these books to help me find new ones. I find this another reason to classify these sources as useless and limited. The final source which is extremely poor, but defines my topic, is the definition of the word phobia from The American Heritage Dictionary. The definition tells me no more than what a phobia is. While these nine references will have almost no impact on the thesis, only one will be used for background material as well as isolated supporting data.
Despite the previous nice sources, there is one sources which will moderately useful in supporting the thesis. The only satisfactory source is an Encyclopedia America entry on the phobia. This source will somewhat support the thesis, It supports me thesis by saying that a phobia can be treated and can spontaneously occur. The reason this is a moderate source is become it was fairly short in length, there were no charts and no references. The thesis, with its blueprinted areas, will be well served by the source, of which focuses on how people can become phobic, why they become phobic and how phobias are treated.

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The last two sources will provide the strongest ideas for supporting how someone can become phobic, why they become phobic, and how to treat phobias. The first source is an excellent article from the SIRS series called “High Anxiety.” This article clearly exemplifies how anyone can get a phobia at anytime, and anywhere. This article talks about a woman driving home in her car and becoming phobic of driving. She had no idea why this would occur and why it happened when it did. It’s a perfect source