Author: Benjamin B. Wolman, Ph.D.
Fear is a reaction to danger. Fear is related to a low estimate of one’s own power as compared to a high estimate of the power of the threatening situation. A change in the balance of power puts an end to fear. Anxiety is not a fear, it is a prolonged feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Anxiety-ridden people expect an impending doom and are afraid to take initiative. They tend to be irritable, are withdrawn, and avoid close social relationships. The change of balance of power does not put an end to anxiety. Anxiety may or may not be related to danger.