STATE ANXIETY By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 the anxiety in response to a specific situation perceived to be dangerous or threatening. Compare it with trait anxiety. STATE ANXIETY: "State anxiety can vary in intensity and can change over time." Related Psychology Terms TRAIT ANXIETY STATE-TRAIT ANXIETY INVENTORY (STAI) ANXIETY HIERARCHY STIMULUS SITUATION SIGNAL ANXIETY EDGE THEORY DISCORDANCE EGO ANXIETY APPARITION SELECTIVE INATTENTION Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "STATE ANXIETY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/state-anxiety/ (accessed April 7, 2020).