The History of the Concepts of Fear and Anxiety

  • Kurt A. Moehle
  • Eugene E. Levitt
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Morals and manners change, the historical mystery story writer John Dickson Carr once wrote, but fear is always the same over the ages. The definition of fear and its close relative, anxiety, have varied over time, however, along several dimensions that we will discuss in this chapter. To allow us a starting point in attempting a preliminary definition of these constructs, we shall restrict ourselves to the relatively modern era.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt A. Moehle
    • 1
  • Eugene E. Levitt
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychological Laboratories of IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Psychiatric ResearchIndiana University Medical CenterIndianapolisUSA

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