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;
the object/situation that a person fears is not that frightening
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.
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.
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.
Fear of heights or being in situations that are considered too high up e.g. on step ladder, first floor of hotel.
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.