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date: 21 March 2019

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Anxiety is an ambiguous word, it is used to describe a feeling, a clinical symptom, but it is also a disorder or a group of disorders (anxiety disorder). Anxiety is related to our intimate relationship with ceasing to exist, with nothingness, with the limits of human beings. The problem of anxiety is intimately related to hope, because there is no human or psychological situation worse than despair. To know the meaning of anguish and anxiety helps to know mankind. From a phenomenological perspective, vital anxiety is a vital feeling, with the same characteristics as other vital feelings such as those of well-being, discomfort, or vertigo. They are feelings that express our way of “being in the world”. In this chapter, the concepts of anxiety and phenomenology of vital anxiety will be reviewed, as well as the point when a normal feeling turns into a pathological one, because the transition between a vital or mood feeling is of psychopathological interest and it is important to understand mood and anxiety disorders.

Keywords: anxiety, vital anxiety, anguish, clinical symptom, emotions, feeling, phenomenology

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