What Is Anxiety?


Last week we talked about fear. This week, we turn to anxiety. But what is anxiety?

Anxiety has often been conceptualized as a “diffuse” and “objectless apprehension,”1 the kind of apprehension that people experience when they feel something bad is about to happen but are uncertain...


What Is Fear?

In my introduction to the blog, I noted that I planned to talk about the physiology of fear in this week’s entry.
So what is fear? Fear, simply put, is a “reaction to a specific, observable danger.”1

Imagine that you are at work, sitting at your desk, when the elevator doors open and in comes a...lion! Or a gunman, who begins running towards you.