The meaning of anxiety


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Abstract

Reviews the book, The meaning of anxiety by Rollo May (1950). The author undertook to review critically both the theoretical and the empirical studies of anxiety and to synthesize them into a comprehensive framework that would take account of biological, psychological and cultural dimensions of anxiety. The selection of material included in the book is naturally determined, at least in part, by the viewpoint of the author, who has been strongly influenced by the writings of Goldstein, Horney, Sullivan, and Fromm. Since the book is not meant to be a handbook on anxiety, the pointing out of specific omissions does not seem necessary. The contributions that have been included are presented very adequately in their main outline, though not all of them in equal detail. The book certainly fulfills the function of a synopsis of much that is most significant in the modern thinking on anxiety, and will be very useful as such. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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