Clinical Anxiety and Cognition

  • Andrew Mathews
  • Michael W. Eysenck
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


In the preceding chapter we argued that clinical anxiety may be related to variations in what has been termed trait anxiety. Just as trait anxiety is described as the propensity to experience greater or lesser degrees of fear and anxiety, so particularly high levels of trait anxiety may predispose an individual to develop pathological anxiety states, given appropriate circumstances. In the present chapter we will therefore adopt the view that a satisfactory account of clinical states should be consistent with the theoretical model of trait anxiety discussed previously.


Anxiety Disorder Trait Anxiety Anxiety State Cognitive Therapy Dichotic Listening 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Mathews
    • 1
  • Michael W. Eysenck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySt. George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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