SIGNAL ANXIETY By N., Sam M.S. - 223 Psychoanalytic theory. The anxiety arising from a response to internal conflict or an impulse and acts a sign of impending threat that results in a person using a defence mechanism. Compare primary anxiety. SIGNAL ANXIETY: "Signal anxiety causes us to use a defence mechanism." Related Psychology Terms Comparison of Assessment Tools ADOLESCENCE (Theories) DETECTION THEORY Identifying Relevant Theories and Models PAIN DRIVE REACTION TIME (Response Latency) OBSESSRVE-COMPULSIVE REACTION REINFORCEMENT (Reward and Punishment) SULLIVAN, HARRY STACK (1892- 1949) COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (Dissonance Theory) Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "SIGNAL ANXIETY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/signal-anxiety/ (accessed August 10, 2022).