Matching relaxation therapies to types of anxiety: A pa tterning approach

Richard J. Davidson, Gary E. Schwartz

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A number of authors have recently commented upon the multi-dimensional nature of fear and anxiety (e.g. Hodgson & Rachman, 1974; Lang, 1969). When anxiety is elicited in an individual in response to a stressful event, the quality of feelings aroused in one situation may be different than in another. In addition, some people may experience anxiety in one predominant way, while others might become anxious in a different manner. For example, it is not uncommon for a person who is physically tired and somatically relaxed to lie down, unable to fall asleep because his "mind is racing." This individual is manifesting cognitive symptoms of anxiety. On the other hand, somatic anxiety is characteristic of the person who complains of bodily tension and autonomic stress without accompanying cognitive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMeditation
Subtitle of host publicationClassic and Contemporary Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351506144
ISBN (Print)9780202362441
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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