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In psychoanalysis, anxiety activated by the ego in response to external danger. The concept was introduced by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) in his book Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety (1926, Standard Edition, XX, pp. 77–175, at pp. 80–3, 92–4). Compare primary anxiety. [So called because this form of anxiety is a signal of danger]

Subjects: Psychology.

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