Role of Anxiety

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fust as Freud had revised his theory of instincts in 1920 and his model of the mind in 1923, so too he revised his theory of the genesis of anxiety and its pivotal role in psychic conflict in his 1926 monograph The Problem of Anxiety {Freud 1926). Freud's first theory explaining the genesis of anxiety was that anxiety was the product of the transformation of dammed up sexual energy, in other words, a product of sexual frustration. Although he never fully abandoned this view, in 1926 he added a second, more important, explanation: an individual developed anxiety in response to the perception of a developing danger situation. He called this "signal anxiety/' in response to which the ego mobilized its defensive operations. Here Freud set out his series of the typical danger situations for the developing child: loss of the object, loss of the penis (castration), and loss of the superego's love (moral or social anxiety, fear of punishment) (Freud 1926). The genesis and role of anxiety in psychic life has long been an arena for disagreement among psychoanalytic schools, although generally speaking most schools adopted Freud's view of anxiety as a motive for defense. The differences lie in the questions of just what is feared and what kind of psychic structure is postulated. Accordingly, Freud's castration anxiety has been enlarged to include fears of genital mutilation in both sexes as well as fears of bodily injury more generally. Birth anxiety (Rank 1924), death anxiety, fear of the sheer powrer of the instincts (Anna Freud 1936), annihilation and disintegration anxieties, and fears of the revival or repetition of traumatic states of all kinds, among others, have all been proposed as fundamental sources of anxiety along with Freud's series. What is also clear is that in practice none of these is ever seen in isolation, but always in some combination with all of the others. An original conception within the classical tradition was offered by Brenner (19751, who added a second group of unpleasurable affect states, depressive affects, that he thought could also set defensive operations into motion.

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