Anxiety: A Literature Review

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Anxiety, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive, Pathology, Socio-Cultural


In this article, the concept of anxiety is examined and presented with a literature review. Various definitions of the concept of anxiety are presented and examined under various headings. Anxiety; psychological theories, the difference with fear, of a pathological nature, etc. non-pathological anxiety, socio-cultural factors were examined under the headings. Under the title of psychological theories, psychoanalytic theories, behaviorist and cognitive theories' view of the concept of anxiety, its definitions, formation processes, etc. examined. After briefly mentioning the differences between anxiety and fear, an introduction to the pathology of anxiety is made. The process of transforming anxiety from a healthy level to pathology has been examined and its distinction has been discussed. It is important for the success of psychological treatment that it is modified according to the person, and researches made with cultural sensitivity in scientific research can give more accurate results. In future studies, social-cultural factors should not be ignored and should be included in individual treatments and social studies.


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KARAHAN, E., & KARAAZİZ, M. (2023). Anxiety: A Literature Review. ISPEC International Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 7(2), 529–541.