Atypical behaviour: stripped typical vs atypical behaviour



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ATYPICAL BEHAVIOUR: STRIPPED
TYPICAL VS ATYPICAL BEHAVIOUR
Typical behaviour is normal behaviour. This tends to mean that most people have this behaviour.
Atypical behaviour is abnormal behaviour. This tends to mean that not many people have this behaviour.
Students sometimes read atypical behaviour as ‘a typical behaviour’ – which is the complete opposite to what it is. Watch out for this!
Fear can be atypical if;

If a fear is intense, persistent and irrational it can be diagnosed as a phobia.



COMMON TYPES OF PHOBIAS


PHOBIA

DEFINITION

AGORAPHOBIA

Fear of being in a place or situation where the sufferer feels escape would be difficult or where they feel trapped e.g. shopping centre.

SOCIAL PHOBIA

Fear of social situations – sufferers are very anxious about what others may think of them or how they will be judged e.g. in restaurant.

SCHOOL PHOBIA

Fear of attending school - it can be a fear of leaving the safety of home and/or fear of embarrassment e.g. speaking in class.

ACROPHOBIA

Fear of heights or being in situations that are considered too high up e.g. on step ladder, first floor of hotel.

ARACHNOPHOBIA

Fear of spiders, but also a fear of coming across spiders which leads to obsessive behaviours such as checking places for spiders.

These five phobias are the only phobias that you have to know about. Be careful not to get them mixed up – especially the three with a similar spelling. Try hard to get the spellings right because if the name of a phobia is badly mis-spelt the examiner will not be able to give you a mark for it.


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