TRAIT AND STATE ANXIETY
Anxiety does not occur as a single phenomenon: its various forms of manifestation can be categorised under the two different headings of trait anxiety and state anxiety.
This form of anxiety is a relatively stable aspect of the personality. In their behaviour, individuals who present an anxiety trait will tend to have an attitude reflecting their perception of certain environmental stimuli and situations as dangerous or threatening. In practice, the anxious perceptive style of these persons will eventually become pervasive, extending to and influencing other areas of experience, and in effect finally becoming a characteristic of the personality.
Those who show a more developed anxiety trait are much more prone to reacting to a large number of stimuli and will tend to worry also in situations which for most individuals would not represent a source of threat. These individuals are more likely to present state anxiety in circumstances with low anxiety-generating potential, such as normal day-to-day activities, and will probably experience higher levels of state anxiety in the presence of anxiety-generating stimuli.
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