Author: Benjamin B. Wolman Ph.D.
The issue of anxiety is analyzed in this chapter in the framework of power and acceptance theory. Power is defined as the ability to satisfy needs, and survival is the fundamental need. Acceptance is defined as the willingness to satisfy needs or prevent their satisfaction. Accordingly, people perceive themselves and others as strong or weak (power) and friendly or hostile (acceptance).Freud’s concept of death instinct (Thanatos) was substituted by the concept of aggressiveness (Ares), and the concept of cathexis was modified to include interindividual cathexis. This part of Wolman’s theory and its psychopathological corollaries have been developed in clinical settings.