SIGNAL ANXIETY

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."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SIGNAL ANXIETY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/signal-anxiety/ (accessed April 2, 2020).
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