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."
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