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(p. 129) Exposure and Cognitive Restructuring: Public Speaking Fears 

(p. 129) Exposure and Cognitive Restructuring: Public Speaking Fears
(p. 129) Exposure and Cognitive Restructuring: Public Speaking Fears

Debra A. Hope

, Richard G. Heimberg

, and Cynthia L. Turk

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date: 25 February 2020

Although this chapter focuses on public speaking fears, many similar issues arise for clients who fear being the center of attention or speaking up in large or small groups, such as meetings and classes. Research indicated that most socially anxious individuals fear public speaking, but not all desire treatment for the problem. Although such fears may be long standing, individuals with public speaking anxiety are often prompted to seek treatment by a new opportunity, such as a promotion at work or following what they perceive to be a failed public speaking experience. The largest difficulty in designing in-session exposures for individuals with fears about public speaking is being able to create the conditions that will evoke anxiety. Common automatic thoughts reported by individuals with public speaking fears usually center on the visibility of anxiety symptoms or concerns about the quality of one’s performance.

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