4)And the main thing – don't be afraid of your fears, fight them.
Teacher: - Thank you, Mr. Simon. And what about phobias, Mr. Wilson?
Dr. Wilson: - Yes, as my colleague says, phobia can be a result of a repetitive or a
very strong fear.
More than 80% of phobias have their origin in our childhood. For example, a person
who burned his hand as a child, may have a pyro-phobia (or fear of fire). Or a person
who was bitten by a dog, may be afraid of dogs all his life.
So we can say that a phobia is a continuous and often unreasonable fear, and it is
more difficult to treat than a fear. It often needs a specialist to fight a phobia.
Teacher: - Thank you, Mr. Wilson. And now, students, you can ask your questions.
Dr. Wilson: -Well then, who will be the first? Maybe, you?
Student 1:- No.
Student 2:- Excuse me. She will not speak. She never speaks first.
Dr. Wilson: - It's interesting. What do you think, dear colleague?
Dr. Simon: - I think, that this is just a fear of leadership.
Student 2: - Can I tell about my fear? I am afraid of ghosts.
Dr. Wilson: - It's a rare phobia, I should say. How did it begin?
Student 2: - When I was 9, I watched a horror film about ghosts, and I was very
scared... (Учащийся выбирает одно из написанных на доске идиоматических
выражений. e.g. «It was hair-raising»). And now it seems that there are ghosts all
Dr. Wilson: - I think, young man, you should not watch TV channels with different
Dr. Simon: - And I think you should watch a film about some funny and kind ghosts,
like “Casper”, for example.
Student 2: Thank you, I will try.
Student 3: - I'm afraid of darkness.
Dr. Simon: - Many people are afraid of darkness. This fear comes from ancient times
when people were afraid of monsters and demons and so on.
Student 3: - But I am not afraid of monsters, I'm afraid of darkness itself. I always
sleep with lights on. When there were problems with electricity once, I was really
scared... ( Учащийся выбирает идиому).
Dr. Simon: - Well, I have some pieces of advice for you. First of all, ask your parents
to buy an electrical-relay lamp. Night by night you can make the light in your room
dimmer and dimmer. And finally you will get used to sleep in the darkness. Or you
can also try to turn off the light and listen to your favourite music, or talk to a good
friend on the telephone. These methods have helped a lot of people.
Student 3: - Thank you, I hope it will help.
Student 4: - I'm afraid of exams. This year we are passing some exams and I'm really
scared... ( Учащийся выбирает идиому ).
Dr. Wilson: - This is called testophobia. It means that you are afraid to fail the exam.
Do you study well?
Student 4: - Yes, I do.
Dr. Wilson: - Then you don't have to worry. The main thing for you is to have a good