Cure Glossophobia Through Visualization – Mind Maps

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hierarchy of human needsThe Brain

The primary function of the brain is to ensure survival of the host…you.


From infancy, parents, community, tradition, religion, science, ists and isms and politicians, our brains acquire cognition:

  • knowledge and understanding through learning, experience
  • input from the senses: Sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.

Fear / Phobia

  • controlled through the process of cognition.

Fido, Memory Fetcher

Agony Ads Target Our Fears


The cranial guard dog, determined, to the best of its ability, to get you through whatever situation arises.

Pay Attention

Fido, the brain’s guard dog is always on alert, ready to fetch memories, gather thoughts revisit experiences…

  • when a fear is strong…it’s kitchen sink time.

Listen to your thoughts:

Imagine you are :

  • eating a dry peanut butter cracker
    • Did Fido retrieve thoughts of refreshing liquid beverages?
  • awakened by a bump in the night
    • Did Fido remind you to fold laundry…not!
  • Hear the word: Glossophobia
    • Is your guard PUPPY perplexed by this funny, weird word?
  • Selected to speak…in public

Did Fido just now dig up a huge pile of dirty old bones?

Roll those Dirty Old Bones…

Examine the FEAR Words Examine the FEAR Feelings
“Oh Noooooooo!” We will lose friends, unworthy
We’re not smart enough We will lose approval, social ostracization
We’re not educated enough We will create animosity, betray trust
We’re not qualified We have unpopular opinions, shame
We have no degree – authority We will face ridicule, insecurity
We’re not allowed – Insensitive We will endure humiliation
We’re not capable – above pay scale We will reveal weakness -judged weak
Don’t rock the cradle Our worst nightmares will come true!
Where is our lucky coin, shoes, socks nom, nom, nom…where’s the blankie

Take Baby Steps to Freedom

  • Fear can be rational or appropriate
  • Fear can be irrational or inappropriate – a phobia ( FO-bee-uh)
  • Fear ensures survival and status quo

Glossophobia (Gloss-o-FO-bee-uh)

Glossophobia, a fear of public speaking is a common type of social phobia, (social anxiety disorder). Glossophobics feel excessive self-consciousness, fear humiliation in social situations where they may be embarrassed or judged in front of others.

How we react to fear usually sets hold early in infancy and childhood.

Youngsters have limited knowledge and immature coping skills.

Severity of trauma can magnify where the proverbial monster in the closet is born.

What childhood Phobia(s) have you permanently, successfully expunged?

How do you handle or conquer irrational fear?

  • Humor:
  • Introspection:
  • Education:
  • Took the Plunge:
  • Professional help
  • Do it Yourself psychology (self-help books/tapes/videos)
  • Visualization: (through Adult Eyes)
  • Confrontation / Acceptance:

Remember, there are no strangers in Toastmasters, only friends you haven’t met.

Examine Fear With Playful Mind Exercises

Examine the evidence

  • If Public Speaking was laid out on a slab.
  • How would you conduct the autopsy?
Reward Yourself

  • If Public Speaking was bitter chocolate
  • How much sugar would you need to make it tasty?
Make a Mental Trade-In

  • If you could cure Glossophobia by trading it in for a more reasonable, unreasonable fear, which phobia would you choose?
  1. Tonitrophobia, Fear of thunder
  2. Venustraphobia, Fear of beautiful women
  3. Selenophobia, Fear of the moon
  4. Autophobia, Fear of being alone
  5. Podophobia, Fear of feet
Imagine the worst

  • Public Speaking has dragged you to the top of the Empire State Building, like King Kong,
  • What steps would you take to save yourself?
Courage VS Security

  • You find a boulder impailed with a magic sword. Only Public Speaking can loosen the sword.
  • How do you convince the stone that you are the right Public Speaker?
Transform Fear Into Excitement

  • Public Speaking is an amusement park ride. Describe your ride: examples
  • Ferris Wheel, Bumper car, carousel, Scramblr, River Rapids, Log Ride, Triple-Threat-Xtreme-Screamer roller coaster… or
Face your fears

  • If Public Speaking was a wild animal?
  • Which animal. How would you tame it?


Helpful sites about phobias and irrational-fears and how to control feelings of fear.








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The Theory of Pat is a gradual process which will expand as we work out the mysteries of our past, present and future. We chose to share as we learn and practice how to navigate our own impulsive and irrational thoughts so we may help others better defend against those who work to exploit weakness.
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