Anxiety. Current Trends in Theory and Research by C. Spielberge

By C. Spielberge

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Nor has there been much agreement among the explanations offered to account for specific classes of emotional phenomena such as anger, fear, joy, or grief. Nevertheless, most authorities seem to regard emotions as complex states or conditions—human reactions that are characterized by specific experiential or feeling qualities and by widespread bodily changes, particularly in the autonomic nervous system. The confusion and inconsistency in the literature on emotion appears to stem, in part, from the very complexity of emotional phenomena (Lindsley, 1951).

There can be little doubt that an individual's appraisal of a particular situation will greatly influence his reactions to it (Arnold, 1960; Lazarus & Opton, 1966). In this chapter, the term, "emotion," will be used much as it is used in common language to refer to complex, qualitatively different, feeling-states or conditions of the human organism that have both phenomenological and physiological properties. A major point to be emphasized is that the long-neglected phenomenological-experiential properties of emotions must be investigated in their own right, along with the patterns of physiological and behavioral response associated with emotional arousal.

Administration of the STAI Α-State scale for clinical and research purposes has shown, however, that adolescents and adults with at least dull-normal intelligence are capable of describing how they feel at a particular moment in time. Most people are also willing to reveal how they feel during a therapy hour, or while performing on an experimental task, provided they are asked specific questions about their feelings, and the feelings were recently experienced. Of course, the clinician or experimenter who uses self-report scales to measure anxiety, or any other emotional state, must endeavor to motivate his patients or subjects to provide accurate information about themselves.

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