Anxiety | Types Of Anxiety | Sigmund Freud

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Freud’s first interest in anxiety sprang from a desire to better understand neurotic symptoms and help those who suffer from them. This piqued his interest, and he proposed that worry is a result of libidinal energy that has not been properly expelled. He went on to say that the increased tension caused by restricted libido and un-discharged excitement was turned into anxiety neuroses and expressed as such.

Realistic Anxiety:

Anxiety in response to an identifiable threat or danger. This type of anxiety is considered a normal response to danger in the real world and serves to mobilize resources to protect the individual from harm. Also called objective anxiety.

Realistic, or objective, anxiety is the emotional response to threat and/or perception of genuine risks in the external world (e.g., deadly snakes, wild animals, earthquakes, final exams). It is virtually synonymous with dread, and it may have a crippling influence on a person’s capacity to deal successfully with a source of danger.

Neurotic anxiety:

In psychoanalytic theory, anxiety originates in unconscious conflict and is maladaptive in nature: It has a disturbing effect on emotion and behavior and also intensifies resistance to treatment. Neurotic anxiety contrasts with realistic anxiety about an external danger or threat and with moral anxiety.

Neurotic anxiety is an emotional reaction to the prospect of id impulses becoming aware. Fear that the ego would be unable to control the id inclinations, especially those of a sexual or violent type, causes it. Small children soon learn that acting on their libidinal or destructive desires would result in punishment from their parents or other social actors.

Moral anxiety:

It is guilt posited to originate in the superego.

Moral anxiety is the emotional response that occurs when the ego is threatened with punishment from the superego. It happens when the id tries to actively express immoral ideas or actions, and the superego reacts with shame, remorse, and regret.



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