SIGNAL ANXIETY By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 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 ANXIETY DEFENSE MECHANISM NEUROTIC ANXIETY PRIMARY ANXIETY ANNIHILATION SAFETY DEVICE SYMPTOM FORMATION SIGNAL NEUROTIC CONFLICT COUNTERPHOBIC CHARACTER Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SIGNAL ANXIETY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/signal-anxiety/ (accessed April 2, 2020).