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Reflection: When Have You Felt Anxious?

So far, we have introduced several types of anxiety and discussed how different individuals can experience anxiety. Take this opportunity to think about a time that you have been anxious. How have you experienced anxiety? How did it feel? How did it affect you? 

As a reminder, here are several types of anxiety:

  • Trait Anxiety: relates to an aspect of personality in which nervousness is a stable personality trait for an individual
  • State Anxiety: Refers to temporary feelings of anxiety in a particular situation. It is the state of emotional arousal following a perceived threat or circumstance
  • Cognitive Anxiety: Worrying thoughts
  • Somatic Anxiety: Physiological arousal (sweaty palms, increased heart rate)

Continue on to the next section: Recognising and Assessing Your Anxiety